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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tehuti Research Foundation (February 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931446059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931446051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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See Reviews under paperback edition ISBN 1931446059. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

About the Author

Moustafa Gadalla is an Egyptian-American independent Egyptologist, who was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1944. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cairo University.

Gadalla is the author of eleven internationally acclaimed books about the various aspects of the Ancient Egyptian history and civilization and its influences worldwide. He is the chairman of the Tehuti Research Foundation—an international, U.S.-based, non-profit organization, dedicated to Ancient Egyptian studies.

From his early childhood, Gadalla pursued his Ancient Egyptian roots with passion, through continuous study and research. Since 1990, he has dedicated and concentrated all his time to researching and writing.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason on April 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Egyptian Mystics is Moustafa Gadalla�s tenth book in the thoroughly researched study of modern and ancient Egyptian society and culture. For those not aware, Moustafa is biased by neither Abrahamic religion nor Academic status, which in the study of ancient lands and its peoples puts him in the small minority, and as such his highlighting of the misdeeds these groups is laid clearly and factually with well documented research and common sense. There are those who consider his work controversial and Egyptian Mystics is not a book to placate history from an Abrahamized outlook, rather it is a document that shows a breathing culture who have maintained traditions, albeit surreptitiously, for thousands of years and more.
As with all of Moustafa�s books published through the Tehuti Research Foundation, Egyptian Mystics shows a consistency in its presentation; well-bound for a softcover, B5 of size, a detailed table of contents (broken into four parts with appendices), and an introductory preface, terminology, chronology of the Egyptian Dynasties and a map of Egypt. The text is clear and easy to read with consistent use of fonts to separate sources both indigenous and foreign beyond the textual body that is displayed in bite-sized paragraphs.
Part 1, The Hidden Treasure; this short, two chapter section begins by introducing the main points of the entire book showing the two paths of world spirituality, those following the dogmatic religions of a personal god and that of the mystics. Sufism is explained, its origin in Egypt and how it exists in its most widely followed path to date with clear facts that tie with the earlier introduction of mysticism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 16, 2003
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Egyptian Mystics: Seekers Of The Way is an impressive and groundbreaking contribution to an enlightened and enlightening study of the Egyptian contributions to Sufism and Alchemy in the ancient world. Iconoclastic Egyptologist Moustafa Gadalla provides an informed and informative examination and correlation between the Ancient Egyptian calendar of events and the cycles of the universe -- including the Egyptian contributions to the Christian calendar in terms of Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and more. Egyptian Mystics is an original, thought-provoking, and thoroughly "reader friendly" study which is enthusiastically recommended for students of Sufism, Egyptology, and metaphysics.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dragan on April 7, 2007
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July 2014: Since writing many book reviews of the past, much has changed, I have discovered much more. I have come to see and have had exposed many of the deceptions and errors associated with Gnosticism, this even after becoming a Gnostic priest. My faith in Christ has been my anchor and I press on with him who shed his blood for me. I am tempted to delete many of my reviews, as I have already done; time will tell.

This book provides very good information as to the Baladi Egyptian Sufi practices. Moustafa Gadalla does not waste words and gives the information very clearly; this makes the book very easy and enjoyable to read. Moustafa states that Sufism did not originate from Islam or from Persia, but was preceded by Egypt, more specifically by the Baladi Egyptians. The author also states that "The Egyptian mystical (Sufism) teachings and practices are markedly different than those of Sufis in other Countries." pg120. The author makes it abundantly clear that the Sufism of Egypt is a matter of "sleeping with the enemy" I.e. Islam (See Appendices B "Sleeping with the enemy - Surviving Islam) pg145-148. This tolerance is a matter of survival from fear of persecution and death from Islamists and the Islamic government.

I was happy to see from the section entitled `The Ego - Personal Enemy #1' that the author states "Controlling the ego was/is one of the most important ethical requirements in the Egyptian model of mysticism"," To reunite with the divine, we must be ego-free" pg 43. Sadly there is only an exoteric methodology of righteous living as a remedy given here. Still, on a positive note this is achieved with the help of the laws of Maat; once again reinforcing this as a necessity for liberation I.e. right conduct. I loved the information regarding the Egyptian Deities I.e.
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I'd recommend this book to anyone struggling with their faith. More than a coincidence, all based on accurate true documented facts.
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By Zep on May 22, 2009
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Great book and very enlightening, I definitely plan on reading some of the authors other books.
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More About the Author

Moustafa Gadalla is an Egyptian American independent Egyptologist, who was born in cairo, Egypt in 1944. he holds a bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Cairo University.

From his early childhood,Gadalla pursued his Ancient Egyptian roots with passion, through continuous study and research. Since 1990,he has dedicated and concentrated all his time to researching and writing.

Gadalla is the author of thirteen internationally acclaimed books about the various aspects of the Ancient Egyptian history and civilization and its impact worldwide. His books are alos found in seven other living languages.

Gadalla is the chairman of the Tehuti research foundation -- an international, US based, non-profit organization dedidacted to Ancient Egyptian studies.
Gadalla is also the founder and Dean of the on-line Egyptian Mystical Universisty for public education of the Egyptian deep knowledge and wisdom.

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