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The Way of the Sufi (Compass) Paperback – September 1, 1991
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"Dominion of the earth from end to end is worth less than a drip of blood upon the earth." Sufism is the mystical branch of Islam that teaches love, humility, poverty, pragmatism and wisdom. In his timeless introduction, Idries Shah presents selections of lyric poems, fantastic tales, humorous anecdotes, and insightful maxims straight from the writings of revered Sufi masters. Originally a reaction against the increasing worldliness of Islam, Sufi wisdom still hits home in a modern world obsessed with pleasure and material wealth.
About the Author
Idries Shah was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote dozens of books on topics ranging from psychology to spiritualilty to travelogues to other anthropological studies. In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam. Shah is known for The Sufis, The Commanding Self, The Subleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin, The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, Thinkers of the East, and Learning How to Learn.
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This book provides just such a tour, and it does it very well, drawing on many sources spanning the centuries, along with providing useful overviews and commentaries by Idries Shah to help us get our bearings. In the end, we're presented not with a specific doctrine or practices, but rather with a diverse bag of rhetorical devices which nudge us from many angles towards a general attitude and orientation which foster spiritual growth.
I recommend this book to open-minded spiritual seekers, particularly those who aren't averse to mysticism.
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