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Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest Paperback – November 1, 2012
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"These pages provide a boon, a resource, a guide and a goal for all who strive to be chivalrous youth, whatever their physical form or actual age." Bruce B. Lawrence, author of The Qur'an: Books That Changed the World
"Written with a light touch, this reworking of classical Sufi chivalric codes subtly compels the reader to admit the contemporary urgency of their moral vision." Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad), editor of The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology
"You can read this remarkable book as ethical/spiritual poetry and it will stimulate and inspire you with its noble beauty. But, if you will permit these words that issue from a higher realm to penetrate your heart, it will change you to become a knight who serves to heal our planet." Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
"A treasure house of the core teachings of the prophetic world lineages." Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi
"A jewel of a book. Its pages speak to what is most noble within each of us. Treasure them." Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, author of Prayer of the Heart in Sufi and Christian Mysticism
"A wonderful and generous book." Stephen Hirtenstein, author of The Unlimited Mercifier
"A must-read for spiritual seekers of all traditions." Omid Safi, author of Memories of Muhammad
"This book is of such depth and contains such beauty that all one can do is to urge every possible reader to read it, for the sake of bringing reality back into this reality-stripped world." Peter Kingsley, author of A Story Waiting to Pierce You and Reality
"A visionary classic." Spirituality & Practice
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When we hear the word "chivalry" we often imagine a bygone era of Don Quixote romantics. Codes of honor, attention to the manner in which we conduct our lives, self-discipline in service to our ideals: in this day and age all seem like relics that have no place in our modern aggressively competitive self-serving culture. Yet these are precisely what humans find sorely lacking in the world and in themselves. Saracen Chivalry sounds the exact right note for our time by touching the deepest parts of our being which hunger for greater authenticity and congruence between our daily lives and the calling of that still, silent presence that lives in our hearts. When this inner congruence and connection forms the basis from which each person meets other beings, the quality of the interactions reflects depth and shared presence. Through a renaissance of training in mystic chivalry (meaning not just adopting an outer form but developing the awareness underlying it), ultimately the whole web of inter-relatedness on the planet will shift toward one of mutual respect and honor.Read more ›
Poetic phrases regularly bursted my heart wide open . . . "friends of god draw close to the source and return with tidings of love and beauty. If it were not so the world would fall apart." Many times while reading I wished to stop and turn within such as after the sweet simple reminder that, "silence is a mercy." The drama's lead character, the loving mother, mounts her reasons that the son should take a chivalric pledge. None could be argued. The promise? "Lovesickness" that bursts from the heart of the sincere and makes available a portion of, "love that god bore for you."
One of the jewels the mother passes on to son is the notion that, "god is not stingy of the unseen." This lovely book is evidence of her claim.
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This is a book for the heart and soul. What a contrast to the world today to read about ancient chivalry. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kate Schultz
Pir Zia, grandson of Hazrat Inayat Khan, has written a book that
reflects his own insight and genius. Read more
"Having two adult sons and five grandsons, I recommend to them the principles of integrity and chivalry proclaimed in the book SARACEN CHIVALRY by Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Dr. James H. Burton
Pir Zia has beautifully created an amazing handbook for building character and ethics, one of the foundations for all the ways humanity comes to inner life. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Noor-Malika
I am not sure this is a book for everyone as it is highly mystical and ethical. The story line exists to carry the spiritual and ethical teachings. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Julia Childs