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Among the Dervishes

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O. M. Burke's first-hand account of his modern-day pilgrimage begins in a school built like a medieval rock fortress hidden in northern India. From there he takes the reader to monasteries where ancient lore is still taught, along the pilgrim road to forbidden Mecca and into the heart and mind of Asia.

Burke's experiences with living Sufis and their teachings, practices

Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Octagon Press, Limited (first published 1973)
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Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am re-reading this book. Oh the mistakes I made about it when it was first read, despite reading it several times. No doubt one is still making mistakes. It is enthralling as it always was. All those sentences one read past now make sense. Makes one wonder what sentences and ideas are being missed this time round.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual, travel
This book was a classic little gem. Its style was in the same vein as another book that I read recently, "The Way of the White Cloud," in which the author traveled in ancient spiritual communities before they were torn apart by war, in this case the War on Terror and Afghanistan's constant turmoil and in White Clouds, China seizing Tibet.

Burke is a British Sufi who comes into a small inheritance and decides to travel all over territories where Sufis still exist to meet practitioners and
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: sufism
Burke, an associate of Idries Shah, presents a very readable tale of travels among Sufi schools in the Near and Middle East. There is good material within the travelogue that mirrors traditional teaching stories. On top of that, it is a really good read.
Rosa Jamali
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

اصیل ترین فرقه ی درویشان , درویشان خاکسارند ، قلندرنشین و از طایفه ی رندان و عیاران اند؛

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از مستی اش رمزی بگو تا ترک هشیاری کند
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Really interesting account of life among Sufis by a Westerner.
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