- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Trade Paperback Edition edition (February 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142196355
- ISBN-13: 978-0142196359
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
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The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish Paperback – February 22, 2005
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Douglas-Klotz, scholar and Sufi leader, uses his considerable Semitic language skills to explore the 99 pathways to God, each representing a quality of the One. Douglas-Klotz uses the root and pattern system of Arabic vowels to liberally interpret these qualities as inseparable from many other traditions, notably the Aramaic tradition of Jesus. Additionally, his exegeses draw from the tradition of diversity, inclusion and heterodoxy that has anchored Sufism since the time of Rumi. Although Douglas-Klotz states that his exegeses are meant to be deliberately multivalent and somewhat enigmatic, they may prove opaque for many readers, especially those expecting an accessible how-to handbook for the "modern dervish." Despite Douglas-Klotz's early admonishment "Don't worry about getting the point," a high level of linguistic technicality is typical of at least half the pathways, and readers will have to take him at his word when he draws complex connections. Nonetheless, his intriguing insights, meditation tips and, above all, his inclusive spirit should trump technical details to appeal to readers within many religious traditions. Appendixes offer short biographies of Sufi men and women throughout history; contact information for Sufi organizations, orders and centers; and formal transliterations of the 99 pathways.
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About the Author
Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology, as well as a poet and musician. He is the past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion, and is active in various international colloquia and conferences dedicated to peace and spirituality. He directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning (eial.org) in Edinburgh, Scotland. and cofounded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (mesp.org.uk). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking. Information about his work may be found at the website of the Abwoon Resource Center, abwoon.com.
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Douglas-Klotz is a wonderful interpreter of the text traditions of Aramaic, the linguistic precursor of both Arabic and Hebrew. As a result, his commentary of the 99 names is able to show the common spiritual roots of both Judeo-Christian and Islamic tradition so that their deep connections are clear, however muddy and troubled their modern relationships may be. He has in many other books done serious Christians a great service in helping them to understand Jesus as a first century person of Aramaic culture (Prayers of the Cosmos, Blessings of the Cosmos, The Hidden Gospel) and by introducing them to the importance of Jesus in Muslim tradition and particularly in the Sufi path. This book goes into the linguistic roots of names more than other translations I have seen of the text and so makes it more accessible to readers who come to the text from outside Islam. I fell in love with Sufi path of pure Divine love which has very little of the technical focus that is so common in yoga practice. A fantastic read whether or not you are a Sufi and a wonderful peek into the devotional world of Islam.
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