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Desert Wisdom: A Nomad’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions from the Heart of the Native Middle East Paperback – Unabridged, April 13, 2011
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Long before Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the Middle Eastern desert bloomed with wise indigenous traditions. Ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Egyptian, Sumerian, and other texts suggest rich and influential religions supporting enormous diverse communities. Today, Native Middle Eastern spirituality continues to emit a perfume that transcends the political and religious conflicts of the modern world, offering a common voice full of life, meaning, and hope. Here, for the first time, these voices are translated and rendered into a musical and poetic language that lifts the spirit, eases the mind, and calms the body. Gathering a marvelous bouquet of ancient Middle Eastern wisdomstretching from goddess cultures to Sufi mysticism - Neil Douglas-Klotz has harvested the sacred literature of Egyptian, Judaic, Christian, Gnostic, and Islamic religious traditions.
About the Author
Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is a world-renowned scholar in religious studies, spirituality and psychology. Living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning (www.eial.org) and for many years was cochair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He is also cofounder of the international Network of the Dances of Universal Peace. A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books, including Prayers of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel, The Genesis Meditations, The Sufi Book of Life, Blessings of the Cosmos and The Tent of Abraham (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister). Known also for this citizen diplomacy work, in 2004, he cofounded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (www.mesp.org.uk). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking.
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I love that this book helps me, as Mr. Douglas-Klotz might say, speak and breathe the Masters Breath to hopefully get his Spirit. Mr. D.K. is perfect for our times. His earthing, to coin a phrase, and grounding of Scripture to me returns it to spiritual hallowed soil. That place in all of us that is raw, jagged and hyper real.