"This volume opens with an essay on the place of spirituality within the Islamic tradition. Immediately following are the foundation texts of the pre-Sufi spirituality: the Qur'an passages most important to the mystical tradition. The volume then presents the sayings attributed to the key early figures of Islamic spirituality"
"Texts culled from the works of 9 major Muslim teachers, on the theme of the complex and multi-faceted role of knowledge in relation to the spiritual life. The Introduction offers a survey of the development of Sufi modes of knowing through the thirteenth century in their broader context, and then focuses on the manuals of Sufi spirituality treated here"
"Usama ibn Munqidh (1095–1188) was an Arab aristocrat born in northern Syria, who counted among his patrons the mighty sultan Saladin. This volume brings together the best and most complete eyewitness account of the Crusades from the perspective of a medieval Muslim writer."
"Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century. The Conference of the Birds is an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird steps forward and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon the leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables."
"A blank verse translation. The longest single-authored 'mystical' poem ever written, the Masnavi-ye Ma’navi, or 'spiritual couplets,' is the masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition. Jalaloddin Rumi (1207–1273) was a poet and mystic of the highest attainment, but he was also a spiritual teacher, and his Masnavi leads the reader to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path: union with God."
"A selection of the 13th-century Persian mystic's poems. Barks divides Rumi's poetry into 27 sections, providing introductions to each. Mowlana Jalaloddin Balkhi (1207–1273), known to the world as Rumi, was an Iranian poet of a status in Muslim civilization comparable to the greatest poets of Europe."
"Rumi's Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and has been called "the Koran in Persian." The Muslim mystic Rumi (1207–1273) composed his work for the benefit of his disciples in the Sufi order named after him, better known as the whirling dervishes."
"Book Two is concerned with the challenges facing the seeker of Sufi enlightenment. In particular it focuses on the struggle against the self, and how to choose the right companions in order to progress along the mystical path. Here, Jawid Mojaddedi has translated the text into accessible rhyming couplets, as he did for Oxford's award-winning edition of Book One."
"One of India's greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist, philosopher, and poet. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, he was a Muslim by name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam, Bhakti and Yoga, religion and secularism. This book offers a new translation of one hundred poems."
"Transcending divisions of creed, challenging social distinctions of all sorts, and celebrating individual unity with the divine, the poetry of Kabir is one of passion and paradox, of mind-bending riddles and exultant riffs. These new translations by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, one of India’s finest contemporary poets, bring out the richness, wit, and power of a literary and spiritual master."
"The 1st autobiography in Islamic literature. Babur (1483-1530) was the 1st Mughal, or Mongol, emperor of India. A devoted warrior who fought by the bloodthirsty standards of his time, Babur was also a gifted scholar and ethnographer. One of the most significant figures in Indo-Islamic history, he was descended from Tamerlane, and one of his descendants would build the Taj Majal."
"Madhumalati was written by Manjhan in the 16th century (little is known about the author), and it is an outstanding example of Sufi literature in the Indian Islamic tradition. Originally written in a dialect of Eastern Hindi it is here translated for the first time into English verse."
"Al-Kindi (801-873) was the first philosopher of the Islamic world, whose wide-ranging intellectual interests included not only philosophy but also music, astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. He lived in Iraq and studied in Baghdad, where he became an important figure in the caliphal court."
"This book provides a comprehensive overview of the life, times, and achievements of Averroes, a twelfth-century Muslim philosopher whose ideas were so controversial that his books were burnt not once, but twice."