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"Essential reading for scholars and students of Sufism. " -- -J. J. Elias, the MESA Bulletin

About the Author

Leonard Lewisohn is a Research Associate at the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, University of London, and is Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Academic Research at the Institute of Osmaili Studies, London, where he also teaches Persian. His specialist areas include Persian literature and poetry, Sufism, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. His previous books include Beyond Faith and Infidelity: the Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari.

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  • Series: Heritage of Sufism (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (December 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851681930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851681938
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George H. Archibald on July 4, 2013
This is the latest of three volumes that review the first thousand years of classical Muslim religious, intellectual, and cultural tradition seen through the writings of Persian Sufi thinkers from around 600 AD to 1751, covering almost a half century before the founding of America. So the set is a good portrayal of what makes orthodox Muslim people tick -- and understandably scary for people from the Judaic-Christian tradition.

Two angry, narcissistic poetic verses exemplify the underpinnings of their souls of destruction and the rage of today's global Muslim force that is currently out there blowing up the world:

"You are in love with me, I shall make you perplexed. Do not build much, for I intend to have you in ruins. If you build two hundred houses in a manner that the bees do, I shall make you as homeless as a fly. If you are the mount Qaf in stability, I shall make you whirl like a millstone."

"Now sleeping, now awake, my heart is in constant fervor. It is a covered saucepan, placed on fire. O you! who have offered us from a cup a silencing wine; Each moment a new tale is shouting to be told in silence. In his wrath there are a hundred kindnesess; In his meanness a hundred generosities; In his ignorance immeasurable gnosis, silently speaking like the mind. The words of those whom you have silenced, Cannot hear but those whom you have made unconscious; I am both silent and fermenting for you like the sea of Aden!"
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