Muslim Mystics and Gnostic Sufis

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The list author says: "Mystical & Gnostic factions of Islam:
Sufism does not reflect the mainstream Bedouin culture of Islam, which claims itself the religion of 'fetrah' or nature of primitive self. The Arabic word Sufi means, 'dressed in wool', which may well express the importance of tradition in the ways of the Sufis which originally espoused the Gnostic notion; insight by the grace of Knowledge. When Waraqa's Islam came into contact with Syriac and Egyptian Christian cultures, and later Persian dual religion, it picked up some of the Orthodox beliefs as well as Gnostic mythys, modifying mystical monastic tradition, but also adopting some basic Gnostic notions, and it mentions Mandaeans (sabaeans)as believers, Jesus was a wonder worker since childhood (making clay birds fly), that Jesus was not crucified (laken Shubiha lahom).
The spiritual and Mystical tradition of Sufism was regarded as the preserve of ecstatic Islamic religio-meniacs (parallel to fools for Christ) while few Oriental scholars regarded Sufism as a minority cult. cult. Sufi wisdom is said to be found when the mind is purified of all ideas, dogmatic beliefs, and burdens of conscience, an illusion to self emptying (kenosis) of Coptic mystics.
Most of the present Sufi orders could be traced back to the eleventh century, and some reformist moves as far as the nineteenth. Even if Syrian mystics, were of vital importance to the move, illustrated in their adopted "doxology" of Asma'a Allah Elhosna (Beatific Names of the Almighty) from (The Divine Names), a treatise by Dionysius the Areopagite (6th century), origin of Sufism, have always been the inspiration of contemplative prayers, all down the ages. As recently revealed to the Western intellect, Sufism displays a genuine spiritual and mystical tradition of some of the world's most original thinkers: AlGhazzali, AlSadi, alAttar, Ibn Arabi, Omar ElKhayyam, and Jalal al Din Rumi(whose masters were said to be Isaac of Nineveh, Ephraem the Syrian, and John Saba."
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First Among Sufis: The Life and Thought of Rabia al-Adawiyya, the Woman Saint of Basra
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Hafiz: The Mystic Poets (Mystic Poets Series)
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Rumi and Islam: Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses--Annotated & Explained
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The Sufi Orders in Islam
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Sufism - Its Saints and Shrines
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'Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition: The Art of Spiritual Flight
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An Examination Of The Mystic Tendencies In Islam
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A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm Series)
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Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Abdullah Ansari of Herat (1006-1089 Ce): An Early Sufi Master (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought
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Sufism: The Mysticism of Islam
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exploring God
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The Sultan of Gnostics Mahmud Sami Ramazanoglu
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When Madmen Speak: The Observations of a Modern-Day Fool of God
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The Secret Rose Garden
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Islam Without Allah?: The Rise of Religious Externalism in Safavid Iran
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The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam
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Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhraward Sufis (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Ruzbihan Baqli: Mysticism and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Farid ad-Din 'Attar's Memorial of God's Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis (Classics of Western Spirituality)
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Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism: A History of Sufi-Futuwwat in Iran (Routledge Sufi Series)
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Sufism and Deconstruction: A Comparative Study of Derrida and Ibn 'Arabi (Routledge Studies in Religion)
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The Conference of the Birds: A Sufi Allegory - Being an Abridged Version of Farid-ud-Din Attar's Mantiq-ut-Tayr
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