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ISLAM BETWEEN EAST AND WEST

‘Alija ‘Ali Izetbegovic

Islam, which occupies a central position between East and West, has to become conscious of its own mission. Now, when it is more and more obvious that the opposed ideologies with their extreme forms cannot be imposed on mankind, and that they must go toward a synthesis and a new middle position, we want to prove that Islam corresponds to this natural way of thinking and is its most consistent expression. As Islam in the past was the intermediary between the ancient cultures and the West, it must again today, in a time of dramatic dilemmas and alternatives, shoulder its role of “intermediary nation” in the divided world. This is the meaning of the third way, the Islamic way. Islam between East and West attempts to present the third way by “translating” Islam into the language which the new generation speaks and understands.

It is not a book of theology. It deals with doctrines, institutions and teachings of Islam with the aim of establishing the place of Islam in the general spectrum of ideas. It is a look at Islam not from within but rather from without. In this sense the topic of the book is not primarily Islam as a teacher but Islam as an outlook on the world. The first part of the book, “Premises”, discusses the question of religion in general. The second part deals with Islam, or more precisely, with one of its aspects– bi-polarity.  It is an inspiring and astonishingly integrated analysis of the human condition. The sweep of its power gives an invigorating sense of the beauty and universality of Islam.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-128-2

Pages: 280

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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ASPECTS OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION

As Depicted in the Original Texts

A. J. Arberry

Islamic literature is rich, varied, and abundant, as befits the literature of a civilization which once controlled an empire as great as that of the Romans. In Aspects of Islamic Civilization, A. J. Arberry has chosen and translated passages from the most highly regarded works of Islamic literature in order to illustrate the development of Islamic civilization from its origins in the sixth century to the present.

This anthology is made up of selections from Arabic and Persian writers who have given world renown to Islamic literature such as Hāfiz, Sa‘di, Jalāl al‑Dīn Rūmī, ‘Umar Khayyām, Ibn al‑Fārid, Avicenna, Ibn Hazm and from such works as the Qur’ān, the Masnavi, and the Moorish Anthology. It is an invaluable collection of sources for anyone interested in the Muslim world and a fascinating volume to browse in. The volume contains some of the finest translations of Iqbal as well.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-037-5

Pages: 408

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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ORIENTAL ESSAYS

Portraits of Seven Scholars

A. J. Arberry

This book is a collection of portraits (one a self-portrait) of seven Englishmen who at different times and in different ways have striven, consciously or unconsciously, by the exercise of somewhat specialized skills to help build a bridge between the peoples and cultures of Asia and Europe. A. J. Arberry has chosen as the subjects of his portraits a handful of those many who have devoted their talents and their lives to a labour often little appreciated and dismally unrewarding, yet supremely important to the future of humanity at large.

The selection, unlike his British Orientalists, has been confined to those who have worked in Arberry’s own field of study, and whose contributions to scholarship and to international understanding he was therefore better qualified to estimate. A. J. Arberry has addressed himself to the general public in this work and has explained, in the last chapter, some of the considerations which had determined his own activities as a scholar, and has offered a few general observations on the present and future of oriental studies. It is hoped that what Arberry has written will encourage others in years to come to endeavour, as he had sought to do, to keep faith with those who have gone before, men of heroic stature, whose achievements will, we are confident, be ever more widely and more deeply recognized with the passage of time.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-064-2

Pages: 264

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE DOCTRINE OF THE SUFIS

(Kitāb al‑Ta‘arruf li‑Madhhab ahl al‑Tasawwuf

 by Abu Bakr al‑Kalābādhi)

A. J. Arberry

A. J. Arberry has presented English translation of a classic Arabic text in the history of Sufism, the Mystical aspect of Islam, which is perhaps the most valuable and authoritative compendium of Sufism in print.. It is important because it is the earliest extant text to reconcile the position of Sufism and orthodox Islam and will be of value not only to scholars but also to general readers interested in mysticism and, comparatives religion. The volume consists of five parts: a general introduction on the meaning of the term Sufi and an enumeration of the names of great Sufis; a statement of the tenets of Islam, as accepted by the Sufis; a discussion of the various ‘stations’ of the Sufis such as fear, hope and love: the expressions used by them to designate true mystical experience, union with God; and a discussion of the various phenomena of Sufism. This short work is perhaps the best of the early introductions to Sufi thought and history.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-039-1

Pages: 192

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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DISCOURSES OF RŪMĪ

(Fīhi mā Fīh by Jālāl al-Dīn Rūmī)

A. J. Arberry

Jālāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1207-1273) has long been recognized as the greatest mystical poet of Islam and it can well be argued that he is the supreme mystical poet of all mankind. Fīhi mā Fīh, his prose utterances, hitherto laid neglected, rescued from the obscurity of forgotten manuscripts, are translated here for the first time out of the original Persian. These discourses must be allowed to rank amongst the most remarkable documents of religious literature. Their value as a primary source of history, though considerable, is merely incidental to their importance as firsthand documents illustrating the mystical doctrine of Rūmī, and throwing light upon his thought processes.

This is not an easy book to read, but its study will prove richly rewarding, both for its own sake and for the light which it frequently throws upon Rūmī’s poetry. It is in fact not too much to say, that the Discourses are a necessary introduction to the understanding of the poems. They provide a unique key to the wisdom of Islam.

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“In my version I have sought to be as faithful to the original as could be contrived, endeavoring to reproduce the actual style of Rūmī as he uttered these impromptu conversations.”                         – A. J. Arberry

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“Rich in meaning and repays deep, unhurried reflection. It is time well spent– for this concentration of parable, anecdote and aphorism has a message as modern and as necessary today as it was 700 years ago.”

                                                                                  Birmingham Post                                                                                                              

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-131-2

Pages: XI+276

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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MYSTICAL POEMS OF RUMI (I-II)

(Selections from Dīwān i Shams by Jālāl al-Dīn Rūmī)

A. J. Arberry

Jālāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1207-1273) has long been recognized as the greatest mystical poet of Islam, and it can well be argued that he is the supreme mystical poet of all mankind. Divan-e Shams by Rumi is a masterpiece of wisdom and eloquence expressing spiritual wisdom of the highest level through the use of mundane images.

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He invites and deserves the most attentive and intensive study, by a succession of devoted scholars, whose combined explorations will vastly improve upon our first halting attempt. Future generations, as his poetry becomes wider known and more perfectly understood, will enjoy and applaud with increasing insight and enthusiasm the poems of this wisest, most penetrating, and saintliest of men.     – A. J. Arberry

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“An excellent introduction to Rūmī, the greatest mystical poet of Islam.... Rūmī’s scope, like that of all great poets, is universal– reaching from sensuous luxuriance to the driest irony.”

 – Sherman Goldman, East-West Journal

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“[Rūmī is] one of the world’s greatest lyrical poets in any language– as well as probably the most accessible and approachable representative of Islamic civilization for Western students.”                – James W. Morris

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-183-5

Pages: I+II=400

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE PARABLES OF THE QUR’ĀN

Dr. Ahmad Hasan Qureshi

Works of scholarship seldom make even a passing reference to the parables of the Qur’ān. Works of the Muslim writers are no exception. The Parables of the Qur’ān is an attempt to introduce Qur’ānic parables to the readership that takes a brief look at the traditions of the parable in literate and non-literate cultures around the world. It goes on to explore the significance of the term parable in Arabic, Hebrew and Western literature. It demonstrates that the Islamic concept of the parables, as reflected in the Qur’ān, and the Hebrew concept are very comprehensive and have much in common. In the spoken words of Jesus the parable evolves as a literary genre. It is also pointed out that the Biblical parables are quite different from the Qur’ānic parables in their literary and moral orientation. The question of the exact number of parables in the Qur’ān is also discussed at some length. This study presents the text of thirty-nine parables of the Qur’ān augmented with Qur’ānic analogues, relevant Hadith literature, and selected Qur’ānic commentaries, both classical and contemporary. The moral and ethical dimension of the parables is brought out. The aesthetics of the parables is highlighted in terms of an analysis of the relationship of form to imagery, symbolism, narrative structures and subject matter. This analysis is offered with the sole objective of brining into focus the timeless beauty, uniqueness, and the perfect harmony of form and content of the Qur’ānic parables.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-042-1

Pages: XVI+312

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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Al-Qushayri’s EPISTLE ON SUFISM

(Al-Risāla Al-Qushayriyya fī ‘lm al‑Tasawwuf

by Abu l-Qāsim al-Qushayri)

Professor Alexander D. Knysh/ Dr. Muhammad Eissa

The author of the Risāla Qushayriyya, (Epistle on Sufism) Abu al-Qāsim Al-Qushayri (376/986–465/1047), was a famous scholar and Sufi from Khurasan in Iran. His Epistle is probably the most popular Sufi manual ever. Written in 437/1045, it has served as a primary textbook for many generations of Sufi novices down to the present. In it, Al-Qushayri gives us an illuminating insight into the everyday lives of Sufi devotees of the eighth to eleventh centuries C.E. and the moral and ethical dilemmas they were facing.

One of the most widely read Sufi treatises in Arabic, the Risāla defines classical Sufism through the use of quotations from the Qur’ān, the Prophetic Traditions and reference to the exemplary behavior of the ascetics and saints. Al-Qushayri illustrates the principles of Sufism with tales and sayings of the first generations of Muslims and of his contemporaries in the 5th/11th century.

Epistle on Sufism is the first complete English translation of the famous compendium of Sufi knowledge and practice by Al-Qushayri. Readers are given a rich account of what Sufism as a way of life implied for the early Muslims. Scholars and students of Islam religion and mysticism will welcome this important new work. 

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-182-8

Pages: XX+460

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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MAN, THE UNKNOWN

MAN DOES NOT STAND ALONE

(Two books in one volume)

Alexis Carrel/ A. Crecy Morrison

Man, the Unknown: This classic work speaks to the need of a better knowledge of man. Alexis Carrel has endeavored to describe the known and to separate it clearly from the plausible; also to recognize the existence of the unknown and the unknowable. We now possess such a large amount of information on human beings that its very immensity prevents us from using it properly. In order to be of service, our knowledge must be synthetic and concise. The author’s intention is to build up an intelligible synthesis of the data which we possess about ourselves. He describes a large num­ber of fundamental facts in a very simple manner and has tried not to indulge in scientific popularization or to offer to the public a weak and childish aspect of reality. He has written for the scholar as well as for the layman.

The book puts at everyone’s dis­posal an ensemble of scientific data concerning the human beings of our time. We are beginning to realize the weakness of our civilization. Many want to shake off the dogmas im­posed upon them by modern society. This book has been written for them, and also for those who are bold enough to understand the necessity, not only of mental, political, and social changes, but of the overthrow of industrial civilization and of the advent of another conception of human progress. This book is, therefore, dedicated to all whose everyday task is the rearing of children, the formation or the guidance of the individual; to school-teachers, hygienists, physicians, clergymen, social workers, professors, judges, army officers, engineers, economists, politicians, industrial leaders, etc; also to those who are interested in the mere knowledge of our body and our mind; in short, to every man and every woman.

Man Does Not Stand Alone: This work attempts a review of the scientific evidence of the existence of a Supreme Intelligence, and the title was chosen as a challenge to the conclusion of Julian Huxley in his book Man Stands Alone. Some of the followers of Darwin had carried his deductions to the extreme of materialistic atheism. Those who felt the inspiration of belief in a Supreme Intelligence and a purpose in all things took the other extreme, and while attacking the atheistic attitude, also denied the facts of evolution. Today no such vigorous position needs to be taken by either the evolutionist or the religious minded, for science now has brought to light facts which go far to remove the apparent differences and enlighten both. This book is written for the average person, young or old, male or female. While it deals accurately with many serious yet startling facts of nature, it has all the elements of an adventure in wonderland.

It is the work of a scientist, and unfolds an almost unbelievable range of scientific information for so small a volume, but this need not frighten the reader because it is full of surprises that seem to spring out of the commonplace and lead to wonderment and delight.

 

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-180-4

ISBN 978-969-519-152-1

Pages Book One: 460

Pages Book Two: IV+108

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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TIME AND ETERNITY

A Study of the Concepts of Time in World Traditions

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

From Time flow forth all beings,

From Time advance to their full growth,

And in Time, again, win home, ―

‘Time’ is the formed and formless, both.

Time and Eternity are concepts with which everyone is familiar; the former because it serves as a unit of measurement and enables the preparation of table of days, weeks, month, years and so on, while the latter is usually associated with the idea of the everlasting. If one thinks more deeply, it will be seen that time which appears to be measurable is beyond measurement and nothing is everlasting. Save the Supreme Principle that guides life, there is nothing which is immeasurable and eternal. Thus time and eternity, being associated with the Supreme Principle, attracted the attention of great religious thinkers. Time and Eternity explores the concept of time with an extraordinary acumen and metaphysical insight and leads the reader to the different universes of discourse in five of the major wisdom traditions of the world; Hindu Buddhist, Greek, Christian and Islamic, while showing their underlying unity. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy has brought his remarkable erudition and vast repertoire of knowledge to bear upon the subject. It is an indispensable document for the study of the concept of time.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-055-3

Pages: IV+140

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE ESSENTIAL, ANANDA K. COOMARASWAMY

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (Ed. Rama P. Coomaraswamy)

“Over fifty years have passed since the death of Ananda Coomaraswamy; yet his writings remain as pertinent today as when he wrote them and his voice echoes in the ears of present day seekers of truth and lovers of traditional art as it did a generation ago. In contrast to most scholarly works which become outmoded and current philosophical opuses which become stale, Coomaraswamy’s works possess a timeliness which flows from their being rooted in the eternal present.”         Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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“Ananda Coomaraswamy is best known as one of the twentieth century’s most erudite and percipient scholars of the sacred arts and crafts of both East and West. He also had few peers in the exegesis of traditional philosophy and metaphysics. The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy is true to its title and reveals the astonishing range and profundity of Coomaraswamy’s work.”                     – Harry Oldmeadow

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“[Ananda Coomaraswamy is] that noble scholar upon whose shoulders we are still standing.”                                 –Heinrich Zimmer

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-149-1

Pages: XIV+234

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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SPAIN UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON

Angus Macnab

This is the most entrancing book on Moorish Spain since Washington Irving’s Tales from the Alhambra. It may be even more so, because, where Moorish Spain is concerned, truth is usually stranger than fiction. Spain Under the Crescent Moon is composed of a series of historical sketches so irresistibly readable that they might have been lifted straight from the Arabian Nights– except that, unlike Scheherazade, he quotes unimpugnable historical sources for every wonder he recounts. The book is highly relevant to the pressing contemporary problem of how to relate to the Islamic world. The history of Moorish Spain shows that the question is not a new one, and it seems beyond doubt that the solutions (because they came from a deeper level) reached during the many centuries of Christian-Muslim co-existence were more intelligent than the superficial and often ill-informed blundering so common in this area today.

Macnab writes deftly on art and history, chivalry and religion, Christian and Muslim kings, and Christian and Muslim holy men. His narrative is an open window into an age of faith. He describes Arab accomplishments in poetry, music and fine manners, as well as in the more familiar domains of architecture and calligraphy; the Alhambra at Granada being (with the possible exception of the Taj Mahal) the most renowned Islamic building in the world. He paints a fascinating picture of Islamic mysticism in a manner that recalls Ibn ‘Arabi’s account of the spiritual guides and Sufi masters. Spain Under the Crescent Moon is a rich source of delight and new understanding.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-071-5

Pages: 190

Size: cm 27.5 x 22.5

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MUSLIM SELF-STATEMENT IN

INDIA AND PAKISTAN (1857-1968)

Aziz Ahmad and G. E. Von Grunebaum

Islamic conquest of India by the Arabs, the Turks and the Turko-Afghans, between the 8th and the 13th century was followed by the introduction and propagation of the mainstream of Islamic thought– theological, Sufi, and political, in India. The theological thought was mainly traditional until the eighteenth century when for the first time it faced a severe challenge, the loss of the political power and economic decline. The measure of originality in the theological and political thought of Muslim India is traceable mainly to the eighteenth century, when the problem of decadence had to be faced. Creative fundamentalism was followed by modernism with the establishment of the British power and its consolidation after 1858. This anthology includes selections from significant literature and documents that hold a mirror to modern Islamic self-consciousness, self-statement, and self-definition in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. The mirror reflects representative selections from the writings and ideas of  Sayyid  Ahmad  Khan, Chiragh Ali, Muhammad Qasim Nanotawi, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Mirza Bashir al-Din Mahmud, Siddiq Hasan Khan, Shibli Nu‘mani, Khwaja Altaf Husayn Hali, Amir Ali, Mawlana Muhammad Ali, Abul Kalam Azad, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Abu ’l-A‘la Maududi, Ghulam Ahmad Parwez, Khalifa Abd al-Hakim, Selections from the Munir Report, A. A. A. Fyzee, Extracts from the Constitutions of Pakistan (1956 and 1962) and Islamic Clauses from the Constitution of Pakistan (First Amendment), Act of 1963.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-065-0

Pages: XIV+242

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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PRINCIPLES OF SUFISM

(Selections from Al-Risālah Al-Qushayriah

by Abu al-Qāsim al-Qushayri)

B. R. Von Schlegell

Principles of Sufism is the first English translation from the Risālah Qushayriyyah, the famous compendium of Sufi knowledge and practice by Al-Qushayri. It includes all sections of this earliest classical Sufi work concerning the fundamental principles of Sufism and omits only the biographical notices at the beginning of the work and various highly technical matters at its end.

One of the most widely read Sufi treatises in Arabic, the Risālah defines classical Sufism through the use of quotations from the Qur’ān, the Prophetic Traditions and reference to the exemplary behavior of the ascetics and saints. Al-Qushayri illustrates the principles of Sufism with tales and sayings of the first generations of Muslims and of his contemporaries in the 5/11th century. Readers are given a rich account of what Sufism as a way of life implied for the early Muslims. Scholars and students of Islam religion and mysticism will welcome this important new work.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-076-6

Pages: XXVI+366

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE RINGSTONES OF WISDOM

(Fusūs al-Hikam by Ibn ‘Arabi)

Caner K. Dagli

Fusūs al-Hikam is one of the most influential and controversial books of Islamic civilization. This relatively brief but far-reaching text covers topics such as creation, prayer, the relationship of God with the world, and the interpretation of dreams. Its author, the thirteenth century Andalusian mystic philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi, remains a towering figure both in the intellectual and spiritual life of the Muslim world.

The Ringstones of Wisdom is an entirely new translation. Caner Dagli provides readers with a detailed introduction and running commentary almost equal in length to the text itself. These glosses draw from the centuries-old tradition of commentary upon the Fusūs, and are presented in unencumbered philosophical language and supplemented with new material. They explain Ibn al-‘Arabi’s metaphysical ideas, his technical vocabulary, and even the frequently difficult structure of his prose and poetry. As a precise and technically consistent translation of a notoriously difficult work, The Ringstones of Wisdom is an important addition to the study of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Scholars in the field will find new insights into Ibn al-‘Arabi’s technical terms and aspects of the text which previously have gone unstudied. Those without a previous knowledge of Sufism or Islam will find that the commentary and the clarity of the translation make the book accessible to non-specialists as well.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-181-1

Pages: XXII+316

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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QUEST FOR THE RED SULPHUR

The Life of Ibn ‘Arabi

Claude Addas

This excellent biography is the first of its kind. This major study is based on a detailed analysis of the whole range of Ibn ‘Arabi’s own writings as well as a vast amount of secondary literature in both Arabic and Persian. The result is the first-ever attempt to reconstruct what proves to have been a double itinerary; on the one hand, the journey that took Ibn ‘Arabi from his native Andalusia to Damascus– and on the other, the ‘Night Journey’ which carried him along the paths of asceticism and prayer to the ultimate stage of revelation of his mystic quest.

The writings of Ibn ‘Arabi are inseparable from his life. They cannot be isolated from the various stages of his inner experience or from his lengthy wanderings from West to East, across the Muslim world, which was menaced on the one hand by the “Reconquista” and on the other by the Crusades. In the drama of both his inner and outer life, his companions and his contemporaries were far from being mere onlookers. The places where he stayed, and the events he lived through, represent a great deal more than so many anecdotal details providing the background for his spiritual quest.

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Quest for the Red Sulphur is undoubtedly a landmark in Ibn ‘Arabi studies, and its author’s gift of narrative allied to a consummate understanding of the subject should make this volume compulsory reading for anyone interested in Islamic mysticism.”   -Washington Post

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-010-3

Pages: 360

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE CONCISE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ISLAM

Cyril Glassé

It is the first major reference work about Islam to be written by a Muslim for a Western audience. No other single-volume work in print encompasses the beliefs, practices, history and culture of the Islamic world, whose faithful number some 800 million today.

This revised edition with more than fourteen hundred entries cover an extraordinary range of Islamic literature and history, religious and ritual practices, prayer, prophets, sects, law, the calendar, social institutions, history, ethnography, nationhood, languages, medicine, science and major cities and centers of learning. It provides invaluable background and insights into understanding current events in the Islamic world. A chronology, maps, dynastic charts, diagrams of the Hajj and the branches of Islam and a recommended bibliography are included. Written for the general reader and researcher, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. Detailed cross-references lead the general reader into deeper knowledge of Islam, whatever his starting point. Many quotations, and hitherto un-translated prayers, support the religious and philosophical entries.

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“Erudite, accurate and comprehensive. All this factual information is given in detail, yet readably, with clarity and elegance.”–Daily Telegraph

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“This beautifully illustrated book is a feast of fact and insight …. An enormous amount of information is contained here, all of it fascinating.”

–Washington Post

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-018-9

Pages: XVI+718

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Economics as if People Mattered

E. F. Schumacher 

This classic book on New Age economics is as relevant now as when it was authored and first published. Small Is Beautiful expressed a set of ideas and im­pulses that had given rise to the New Left of the sixties, had exercised the best people of that generation, and had gone on to energize countless millions of others, in Amer­ica and elsewhere, searching for live alternatives to the dead end of Western corporate imperialism. It was a philosophy that drew from, and built upon, what is best described as the decentralist tradition of Western society, that of institutions built to the  human scale within harmonious self-regarding communities run by participatory democracy and fueled by self-sufficient regional economies deeply conscious of the limits of natural re­sources and the need for ecological harmony. It is a wonderful statement which makes the kind of common sense that could help the survival of life on earth become at least a decent possibility.

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“Schumacher [is] eminently, practical, sensible and eloquent; versant in the subtleties of large-scale business management yet equally in touch with the down-to-earth realities of a simple Indian village. His book is a most unusual economic treatise, enormously broad in scope, pithily weaving together threads from Galbraith and Gandhi, capitalism and Buddhism, science and psychology.”The New Republic

 

ISBN 978-969-519-135-4

Pages: X+326

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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ARABIC-ENGLISH LEXICON (Two Volumes)

Edward William Lane

It is the most scholarly dictionary of the Arabic language available. Since its publication Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon has remained unequalled.  It is a product of over thirty years of unrelenting labour; a work of such unique greatness that, since its first appearance almost 150 years ago, it has remained to this day supreme in the field of Arabic lexicography. No scholar or group of scholars has produced anything to supplant it. As it originally appeared and was later reproduced, the lexicon consisted of eight large, cumbersome volumes, which made it difficult to use. Now, for the first time, Suhail Academy has, with no loss whatsoever of clarity or legibility, brought together the eight large volumes, with all the materials relating to the life and works of E. W.  Lane, into two compact volumes. It is now possible to keep the Lexicon on the work desk and refer to it with ease. This marvellous work in its fullness and richness, its deep research, greatness and simplicity of arrangement far transcends the Lexicon of any language ever presented to the world.

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“It is a work of such fundamental importance and of such matchless excellence that praise for it is quite superfluous. Every Arabist since Lane has had good cause to bless him for his superhuman labour. It is certainly true to say that every work produced in this century relating in any way to Arabic studies has drawn heavily upon the Lexicon.”                                 – A. J. Arberry

 

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-049-9

Pages: Vol. 1, LXXX+1520, Vol. II, 1584

Size: cm 27.5 x 22.5

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CONCENTRIC CIRCLES

Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Learning:

A Foundational Approach

Elma Ruth Harder /Muzaffar Iqbal

The environment, learning materials, teaching methodologies and specific worldviews of teachers all contribute to the shaping of the conceptual framework in which young learners may spend much of the rest of their lives. Rather than arithmetic, language arts, and science lessons, it is this “molding” of the young learner that is the most important aspect of early childhood education. Once formed, this framework has a profound effect on one’s entire life. It not only influ­ences initial ideas about how the physical world surrounding us came into existence, but also informs our inter-personal relations, lifestyles, habits, attitudes toward life and learning, and much deeper processes which affect the spiritual and emotional composition of our beings. In fact, one may say that the years of early childhood education are the most important developmental time in a person’s entire life.

Concentric Circles is based on a thematic approach which seamlessly blends the Qur’ānic worldview with pedagogical material, techniques, and tools, and situates the entire process of learning in Islamic intellectual soil. It integrates disciplines and allows teachers at schools and parents at home to draw upon a large body of material from the three realms from which the Qur’ān itself draws its material: the cosmos, the nafs, and the human story. Thus restructured, the process of learning becomes transformative through its inseparable and seamless linkage with the Book.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-170-5

Pages: XXVI+288

Size: cm 27.5 x 22.5

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF MULLA SADRA

(Sadr al-Dīn al-Shirāzī)

Dr. Fazlur Rahman

This is one of the pioneering works on the life and works of Sadr al-Dīn Shirāzī (1572-1640), one of the greatest Islamic sages and philosophers, and marks the dawn of a wider perspective on Islamic philosophy; a perspective that corrects the classical view held in the West that Islamic philosophy constituted a passing phenomenon and was merely a bridge between the late antiquity and the Latin High Middle ages. It provides a scholarly and serious introduction of Mulla Sadra against the backdrop of the rich Islamic philosophic tradition; presents his essential teachings in a contemporary idiom; aims at a critical and analytical statement of his philosophy primarily con­tained in his monumental work Al-Asfār al-Arba‘a and shows that Sadra’s system, despite certain inner difficulties, is a highly original one revealing the extraordinary intellectual calibre of its author. The present work will further stimulate sorely needed philosophic research into this hitherto little explored but rich field of Islamic thought.

In thirteen densely written chapters the books covers all the fundamental issues of Ontology, Theology, Psychology and Eschatology (Man and his Destiny) as elucidated by Mulla Sadra in his magnum opus.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-118-5

Pages: VIII+278

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RŪMĪ: PAST AND PRESENT, EAST AND WEST

The Life, Teaching and Poetry of Jālāl al-Dīn Rūmī

Franklin D. Lewis

Setting a benchmark in Rūmī studies, this award winning work examines the background, the legacy, and the continuing significance of this thirteenth century mystic, who is today the best-selling poet in the United States, by drawing on a vast array of sources, from writings of the poet himself to the latest scholarly literature. In addition to offering fresh perspectives on the philosophical and spiritual context in which Rūmī was writing, and providing in-depth analysis of his teachings, Lewis pays particular attention to why Rūmī continues to enjoy such a huge following in the West. Also featured in this ground-breaking study are new translations of over fifty of Rūmī’s poems, and never before seen prose, together with extensive commentaries and a full annotated bibliography of works by and about Rūmī. Solid scholarship, combined with an articulate and highly readable style, makes this book accessible not merely to specialists but to the general reading public This book can rightly be called the definitive work on Rūmī and it should be on the bookshelf of anyone drawn to Rūmī.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-144-6

Pages: XX+686

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SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVES AND HUMAN FACTS

Frithjof Schuon

In his first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, Frithjof Schuon examined in a masterly way the great religious traditions of East and West, showing both their essential unity and the necessity for their diversity. In this, his second book– equally challenging but very different in style– he shows how this same truth of unity in diversity and diversity in unity can illuminate the mind of man. The near horizons, which have become habitual limitations, are dispersed and spiritual perspectives, which are indeed normal for human thought, are disclosed. The differing “spiritual contours” of the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Far Eastern worlds are shown as a result of necessary differences in their perspective and symbolism.

Schuon began very young his search for metaphysical truth and this urge for understanding led him to read not only the classical and modem European philosophers, but also the sacred doctrines of the East.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-040-5

Pages: 224

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LIGHT ON THE ANCIENT WORLDS

Frithjof Schuon

Whether it be the domain of religion, art, theology or epistemology, the perspective of Schuon remains always metaphysical. He is first and foremost a metaphysician concerned with the reality of religion, art, human society or the cosmic order.

In this book, Schuon deals with a wide range of metaphysical, doctrinal and practical matters. His profound insights into the great religious traditions elucidate with remarkable clarity the essential aspects of spiritual wisdom, which he says can be found in every true and complete way. In a time of increasing scepticism or anxious bewilderment and confusion in relation to the realm of the spirit this book will repay thoughtful study. Some readers will find that religious ‘problems’ when related to their appropriate levels will disappear; others that new questions and perceptions will awake. Whatever the religion a man may follow Schuon’s remarkable writings should provide much material for thought and no small measure of spiritual stimulus.

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“If I were asked who is the greatest writer of our time. I would say Frithjof Schuon without hesitation.”                                –Martin Lings

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-053-7

Pages: 144

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LOGIC AND TRANSCENDENCE

Frithjof Schuon

“This work is a veritable hymn to the intellect and of the intellect. It penetrates in unparalleled fashion into the labyrinth of modern philosophical thought to unveil solutions to problems which would seem to be otherwise insoluble. In fact most often Schuon provides solutions for currently debated philosophical problems by demonstrating them to be the results of ill posed questions. He removes the opaqueness and ambiguity of modern rationalism and irrationalism like the morning sun whose very appearance dispels the fog. This work is one of Schuon’s metaphysical masterpieces, and one of the most important philosophical works of this century if philosophy be understood in its traditional sense as the love of wisdom.”

                                         Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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“The man is a living wonder: intellectually a propos religion equally in depth and breadth, the paragon of our time. I know of no living thinker who begins to rival him.”                –Huston Smith

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-062-6

Pages: VI+274

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STATIONS OF WISDOM

Frithjof Schuon

In this book Schuon deals with a wide range of metaphysical, doctrinal and practical matters, such as, for example, methods of prayer or the discipline of charity. His profound insights into the great religious traditions are in the last chapter united into a picture of the six essential aspects of spiritual wisdom, which he says can be found in every true and complete way. In a time of increasing scepticism or anxious bewilderment and confusion in relation to the realm of the spirit this book will repay thoughtful study. Some readers will find that religious ‘problems’ when related to their appropriate levels will disappear; others that new questions and perceptions will awake. Whatever the religion a man may follow Schuon’s remarkable writings should provide much material for thought and no small measure of spiritual stimulus.

Schuon was considered as one of the very few Europeans qualified to give an authentic interpretation of Oriental doctrines and T. S. Eliot wrote of the first of M. Schuon’s books to appear in English that he had met no more impressive work in the field of the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental Religion.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-036-7

Pages: 160

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ESOTERISM: AS PRINCIPLE AND AS WAY

Frithjof Schuon

This is a work in which the author explains why esoterism is both possible and necessary and how it applies to the various levels of human experience. It is a question of authentic esoterism, and not of its counterfeits and deviations. The author shows how esoterism is the intellectual principle capable of explaining the formal contradictions of the religious systems that have been highlighted– and presented as a sign of weakness– in the “scientific” age; and also how it constitutes the spiritual way whereby we may reach the truth or reality, despite the confusions and obstacles with which technological civilization and its accompanying philosophy seek to obscure our vision and weaken our resolve. As the author says: “Just as rationalism can remove faith so esoterism can restore it.”

New readers of Frithjof Schuon will not fail to be impressed by the vigour and precision of his writing and by his authoritative handling of complex problems, and they will delight in discovering how the economy and “symmetry” of his style are accompanied by a unique poetic quality. The volume now presented is undoubtedly one of the most all-embracing of his works.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-097-9

Pages: 240

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UNDERSTANDING ISLAM

Frithjof Schuon

Partly for historical and political reasons Islam has perhaps been more misunderstood in the West than any other non-Christian religious tradition. In this book four essential aspects are considered in turn; the nature of the Islamic perspective, the doctrine about the function of the Qur’ān, the role of the Prophet and, in a long final section, Sufism and the path of spiritual ascent.

The writings of Frithjof Schuon are well known for the evident authority and clear insight with which they treat spiritual matters over a wide range and present the permanent and universal truths of which every sacred doctrine is an expression, casting a new light on many metaphysical and doctrinal matters. This book is primarily addressed to Western, non-Muslim readers in showing Islam timelessly and as it were from within.

Schuon was considered as one of the very few Europeans qualified to give an authentic interpretation of Oriental doctrines and T. S. Eliot wrote of the first of M. Schuon’s books to appear in English that he had met no more impressive work in the field of the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental Religion.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-200-9

Pages: 159

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DIMENSIONS OF ISLAM

Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon’s earlier work Understanding Islam has been widely acclaimed for its unique insight into what is perhaps the least understood of the great Religions. It would not be an exaggeration to say that, in the writing of Schuon, Islam has for the first time been presented in all its amplitude and depth as a religion to be studied in its own right. This book brings to light some important but lesser known aspects of Islam and, like Understanding Islam, is written from a predominantly Sufi point of view. One is made to feel that a religion is like a living organism in which all the parts, both inward and outward are intimately related…..there is a continual movement from inward truth to outward or concrete symbol, from centre to circumference and back again to the centre. A striking example of this is to be found in the chapter on the Sufi doctrine of the five Divine Presences.

Of particular interest to Western readers will be the chapters on Christ and on the Virgin Mary, who for Muslims as well as for Christians is the summit of the hierarchy of women. There are also important chapters on the interpretation of the Qur’ān, and on the Prophet Muhammad and his place in the Monotheistic Tradition as a whole. As usual in the author’s writings, the book is rich in references to other religions; to Hinduism, Buddhism and particularly to Christianity.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-202-3

Pages: 167

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ISLAM AND THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY

Frithjof Schuon

This is Frithjof Schuon’s third book on Islam. The opening chapters leave us with a much clearer understanding of the relationship between the great religions and their necessary diversity on the plane of forms.  Among particular matters dealt with are certain spiritual and psychological problems relating to the Companions of the Prophet. In this connection, an altogether new light is thrown on the origins of Shi‘ism– a light which, strange to say, may “achieve the impossible” and satisfy both Sunnis and Shi‘ites.

The central section of the book is largely concerned with metaphysical questions, which the past has handed down to us unanswered or badly answered. The author pleads for a general use, in expounding religion, of “arguments of a higher order, intellectual rather than sentimental,” and he himself leads the ways. Particularly striking is his treatment of the age-old stumbling block; how can we explain the existence of evil in the light of the truth that God is both Good and Omnipotent?

The final chapters are on the Afterlife, one of them being in part a commentary on the Qur’anic promise that for each blessed soul there shall be two Paradises– a much neglected doctrine which contains a solution to more than one enigma.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-201-6

Pages: XII, 218

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SURVEY OF METAPHYSICS AND ESOTERISM

Frithjof Schuon

“Once again one reaches for superlatives. This book is not for every­one, for it is metaphysically demanding. But for those who think philosophically it constitutes a kind of Principia Metaphysica, setting forth the principles of being with almost mathematical economy and precision. The author reveals himself again as the most comprehen­sive and architectonic metaphysician of our century.”     –Huston Smith

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“A magnificent book, which exceeds what even this master’s most faithful readers have been led to expect. Schuon proves anew, by an even greater compression and irradiation of his Wisdom, how inexhaustibly beautiful is the Truth.”                        –James S. Cutsinger

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“The highest praise that I can offer concerning the writings of Frithjof Schuon is that they are worthy of their subject matter– the teachings of the great spiritual traditions. Whether one’s views are supported or challenged by these writings, any serious person will feel grateful to be confronted by such a generously discerning intellect and to witness the emergence of authentic contemplative thought in this darkening time.”                               –Jacob Needleman

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-096-0

Pages: X+230

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PRAYER FASHIONS MAN

Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life

Frithjof Schuon (Ed. James S. Cutsinger)

“In this finely selected anthology the editor takes us to the very heart and soul of Schuon’s message, bringing to light the ‘categorical imperative’ of prayer that underlies the whole corpus of Schuon’s works and without which, those works would remain merely theoretical. To read this book is to feel the irresistible at­traction of prayer, Schuon’s reflections on the spiritual life being suffused with an alchemical power that can arise only from a consciousness rooted in the Object of prayer. What Schuon has experienced he conveys, and in so doing galvanizes our own aspirations for ‘the one thing needful.”

                                                                      –Reza S Kazemi

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“In this superb volume Cutsinger masterfully presents Schuon’s most magisterial passages on the interior life and the soul’s relation to God. His inclusion of previously unpublished letters is a coup that reveals another side of Schuon, a tenderness that places the sage’s adamantine intellectual style in a surprising new light.”                            – Philip Novak

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In this remarkable book Schuon, attentive doctor of the soul, exposes the soul’s sophisms and denounces its weaknesses while honoring all the modalities of the inner life, from the simplest to the most vibrant, from personal prayer to the most elevated form of quintessential orison.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-147-7

Pages: XXVI+268

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IN THE FACE OF THE ABSOLUTE

Frithjof Schuon

If there is any body of writings from a living thinker that speak so directly to our contemporary spiritual condition, it is the writings of Frithjof Schuon. This newest translation, In the Face of the Absolute, is yet further confirmation that a voice is crying in our wilderness which we ignore at our peril. The basic theme of the book is that delicate yet central question of the truth of orthodox religions which appear to be incompatible or seem to contradict each other. To affirm the truth of each religion in its richness and diversity and at the same time to affirm with equal force that religion’s uniqueness in the divine economy obviously calls for a mind of great subtlety and sensitivity. Frithjof Schuon as a master of metaphysical reflection is one of the very few, in the modern age, whom one can trust to have such attributes.

In reading the essays contained in this collection, it will be noted that the author has in view, not traditional information pure and simple so much as intrinsic doctrinal explana­tions; that is to say, the expression of truths of which the traditional dialectics are the vestitures; hence it is not as a historian of ideas, but as a spokesman of the philosophia perennis that he expounds diverse formulations of the truth that is everywhere and always the same.

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Intellectually rigorous in the highest degree, this newest work of Schuon continues the doctrinal focus of his earlier books..... There is no other voice like that of Schuon.                                 –Arthur Verslui

 

ISBN 978-969-519-141-5

Pages: VI+250

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THE ESSENTIAL WRITINGS OF

FRITHJOF SCHUON

Frithjof Schuon (Ed. Seyyed Hossein Nasr)

This is the essential thought of one of the century’s leading minds. It contains a biography, chapters devoted to Religion and Revelation, The Nature, of Reality, Art and the Spiritual Significance of Beauty, The Spiritual Life, Eschatology and the After‑life, Criticism of the Modern World and a comprehensive Bibliography. In a language which draws from the technical vocabulary and Symbolic imagery of several traditions– the Platonic, Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist–Schuon depicts in a dazzling fashion the traditional doctrine of the nature of the One, the descent through the cosmogonic act of the various levels of existence, the question of theodicy and the presence of evil, the role of the Logos in creation, the nature of eternity and the generation of time, causality and numerous other questions, provides answers to criticisms brought by various types of modern philosophy against traditional metaphysics and accentuates the remarkable harmony which exists in various traditions. The writings of Frithjof Schuon are characterized by essentiality, universality and comprehensiveness possessing the gift of reaching the very core of the subject whether they be religious, artistic or related to the cosmic or human orders.

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-021-9

Pages: 560

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THE RICHEST VEIN

Eastern Tradition and Modern Thought

Gai Eaton

Protests, criticism, opposition– these were never more necessary than today, and there was never a better moment than the present one for bringing home to people the realization that the troubles to which our world is a subject and the disasters with which it is threatened are only the symptoms of a deeper disease; and because so many of the remedies proposed lead only further into the desert and only accentuate the tendencies which have brought us to this point, it was never more necessary to emphasize that there are other ways of living than our own and to make audible the distant voices of those who, in time past, took another road, unbeguiled by the promise of ease and enrichment in return for the surrender of their ancient heritage. It is a book on Eastern religions and their influence upon Western thinkers; a profound analysis of the most urgent concerns and questions facing us. Contrasting modern, secular society with religion and tradition in general and with Islam in particular, Gai Eaton clarifies the essential need for spirituality, religion and values based on eternal principles and illustrates the subtle harmony of a religious perspective and its ability to transform both the individual and society. A total rejection of the past cannot be the basis for the future and that a true link with Heaven modifies all the decisions and actions of society.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-068-5

Pages: 232

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KING OF THE CASTLE

Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World

Gai Eaton

This marvellous, beautifully written book, which abounds with penetrating insights, is concerned with the most vital and crucial questions now agitating human life and closely examines many of the unquestioned assumptions by which we live our lives, comparing them with the beliefs that have shaped and guided human life in the past. Considers how secular societies attempt to possess their citizens, body and soul, and how, as a consequence, the necessity of redefining human responsibility becomes an ever more urgent imperative. Presents the traditional view of man as ‘God’s Viceroy on earth’, with an eye to its practical implications in a world that has all but forgotten, under the pressure of mass social persuasion, that man must always be free to choose his own ultimate destiny. The author’s thesis is a passionate yet incisive plea for the restoration of the sacred norms of religion, as against the debilitating and falsifying aims of a profane world-view based on no more than recent scientific and technological achievements. It offers a taste of theology, of history, of aesthetics and of eschatology blended in such a way as to provide a whole and balanced image.

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“This is an urgent piece of writing, a reading of “what and where we are.”                                             Times Library Supplement

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How much sharper is his call for ecological respect than our current pragmatic codes of conservation?”                                       –Guardian

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-205-4

Pages: 220

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ISLAM AND THE DESTINY OF MAN

Gai Eaton

Islam and the Destiny of Man is a wide ­ranging study of the Muslim religion from a unique point of view. The aim of this book is to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of a community which embraces a quarter of the world’s population and to describe the forces which have shaped the hearts and minds of Islamic peoples. After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analyzing the differences between the three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), the author describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of  ‘Truth’ and ‘Mercy’– unitarian truth which is the basis of the Muslim’s faith and the mercy inherent in this truth. In the second part of the book, he explains the significance of the Qur’ān and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad’s life and of the early Caliphate. Lastly, the author considers the Muslim view of man’s destiny, the social structure of Islam, the role of art and mysticism and the inner meaning of Islamic teachings concerning the Hereafter. Throughout this book the author is concerned not with the religion of Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations, and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-085-5

Pages: VIII+242

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REMEMBERING GOD

Reflections on Islam

Gai Eaton

Written by the best‑selling author of Islam and the Destiny of Man, this is a profound analysis of the most urgent concerns and questions facing us at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Contrasting modern, secular society with religion and tradition in general and with Islam in particular, Gai Eaton clarifies the essential need for spirituality, religion and values based on eternal principles. The continuity and harmony of the religious perspective contrasted with the dislocation and alienation of modern society is the theme that runs throughout the book. Touching on religion in principle: metaphysics, knowledge of the divine and of oneself, supplication, the necessity for purifying the ego; and on the application of religion to society: politics, architecture, the environment and gender relations, Gai Eaton illustrates the subtle harmony of a religious perspective and its ability to transform both the individual and society. The book possesses a profound message for both Westerners who are in quest of authentic knowledge of Islam… and for Muslims who are caught in the labyrinth of modern ideas and trends.

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“This book possesses a profound message for both Westerners who are in quest of authentic knowledge of Islam ... and for Muslims who are caught in the labyrinth of modern ideas and trends.”

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

 

ISBN 978-969-519-032-4

Pages: 256

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THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS

Our Great Wisdom Traditions

Huston Smith

Originally titled The Religions of Man, this completely revised and updated edition of Smith’s masterpiece, now with an engaging new foreword, explores the essential elements and teachings of the world’s predominant faiths, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Emphasizing the inner– rather than institutional–dimensions of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.

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“The best one-volume book on world religions”        –Library Journal

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“Intelligent, clearly written ... reveals the spirit of each faith.”

New York Times

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“Huston Smith’s classic on the world’s religions has justifiably become as venerable as the old texts he studies. It is more important today than it was in its first printing, and I urge all readers to make it the core of their home library.”  ...”Huston Smith is the world’s ambassador to religions everywhere.”  –Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

ISBN 978-969-519-046-4

Pages: 400 +XVI

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RELIGION

Significance and Meaning in an Age of Disbelief

Huston Smith

The book is a timely manifesto on the urgent need to restore the role of religion as the primary humanizing force for individuals and society. Weaving together insights from comparative religions, theology, philosophy, science, and history, along with examples drawn from current events and his own extraordinary personal experience, Smith gives both a convincing historical and social critique and a profound expression of hope for the spiritual condition of humanity. First part of the book traces the three great periods in human history: the traditional, the modern, and the postmodern; highlighting the achievements and deficiencies of each. Smith makes a compelling case to recover the spiritual and ethical riches of traditional religious wisdom and practices, while at the same time upholding the advances of the modern era in equal rights, democratic and personal freedoms, logical awareness, and scientific and technological gains. In the final part of the book, Smith imagines a time when human beings move beyond the present materialistic and relativistic understanding of existence and recognize that consciousness, not matter, is the ultimate foundation of the universe. Smith’s historical knowledge and spiritual depth combine here with his understanding of science and the spheres of higher education, government and law to produce a brilliant, comprehensive look at the world today.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-045-6

Pages: 290 +XII

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FORGOTTEN TRUTH

The Primordial Tradition

Huston Smith

Author of the classic comparative study The Religions of Man, Smith now turns to what he calls the ‘primordial tradition’. Smith’s central thesis is that our misreading of science has blinded us to a spiritual truth encapsulated in the phrase, ‘Man mirrors cosmos’. Smith intrigues us with his speculation, whether he is mapping out a hierarchical framework for dream, archetypes, occult phenomena and the ‘soul’ of saviours, mystics, philosophers; drawing parallels between modern physics and religion; or challenging neo-Darwinism with an assist from the philosopher Polanyi. Smith’s style reflects his subject; he is by turns a mystics sage, a poet, and above all, a philosopher, making his points with logic. This is a book which continually rewards the thoughtful reader.

Increasingly philosophy of religion has been shifting from simply rational investigation of faith claims to probing the meaning and validity of the religious viewpoint generally, drawing on all the great religions as resources. Huston Smith…. has blazed this trail, and his new book is a significant step toward a comprehensive philosophy of comparative religions.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-087-1

Pages: X+182

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ESSENTIAL SUFISM

Selections from the Saints and Sages

James Fadiman & Robert Frager (Eds.) 

The definitive compendium of Sufi wisdom, Essential Sufism draws together more than three hundred fables, poems, and prayers that reveal the luminous spirit of Islamic mysticism. Selected works from ancient prophets and sages to contemporary Sufi poets and teachers– including Ibn ‘Arabi, Al-Ghazzālī, Hāfiz, ‘Attār, and of course, the enduringly popular Rūmī– make up a delectable feast of writings that will be as treasured by Sufi devotees as it will stir the souls of newcomers to this mystical, passionate faith.

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“A treasure of jewels in the tradition of Sufi soul-work. I really love and value this book.”                                                    –Coleman Barks

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“An awesome and eminently profound compendium of spiritual wisdom.”                                                                           –Body Mind Spirit

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“Reading through the many entries, one gets a feeling for the beauty and deep wisdom of the Sufi.”                                       –Library Journal

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-063-4

Pages: VIII+272

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SUFISM: LOVE & WISDOM

Jean-Louis Michon & Roger Gaetani (Eds.)

“The present work is one of the most valuable anthologies devoted to Sufism in a Western language and is in fact unique in its authenticity combined with diversity…It includes works from all the categories of writers on Sufism. The editors have been very judicious in selecting texts that are authentic and yet represent different approaches to the study of Sufism as well as diverse aspects of the subject.”         Seyyed Hossein Nasr                                                                

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“A good number of contemporary thinkers who are ‘seekers of Truth’– and all the contributors to the present anthology belong to that category– recognize Sufism as being not only the very heart of Islam, but also a key that gives access to the deepest meaning of other sacred traditions.”                       Jean-Louis Michon: Introduction                   

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This collection of essays includes:

·      Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Intro by Jean-Louis Michon

·      Fifteen essays by American and European authorities on Sufism

·      Translations from French appearing in English for the first time

·      An extensive Glossary and Index.

Other contributors include René Guénon; Leo Schaya; Angus Macnab; F. Schuon; Maria M. Dakake; R. Shah-Kazemi; S. H. Nasr and William Stoddart. These essays go beyond an endless fascination with forms; they always orient and re-orient themselves to the intrinsic Beauty of the Truth, the Truth that lies within the forms of Sufism and within the saints who have lived it.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-134-7

Pages: XXVI+302

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF ILLUMINATION

(Hikamat al-Ishrāq by Shihāb al-Dīn al-Suhrawardī)

Johan Walbridge & Hossein Ziai

Suhrawardī’s Hikmat al-Ishrāq is counted among the most influential texts of Islamic intellectual history. The subject of Hikmat al-Ishrāq is the “science of lights”– a science that Suhrawardī first learned through mystical exercises reinforced later by logical proofs and finally confirmed by what he saw as the parallel experiences of the Ancients.

Shihāb al-Dīn al-Suhrawardī was born around 1154, probably in northwestern Iran. Spurred by a dream in which Aristotle appeared to him, he rejected the Avicenna’s Peripatetic philosophy of his youth and undertook the task of reviving the earlier philosophical tradition of the “Ancients.” Suhrawardī’s philosophy grants a fundamental epistemological role to immediate and atemporal intuition. It is explicitly– often stridently– ­anti-Peripatetic and is identified with the pre­ Aristotelian sages, particularly Plato. He was con­vinced that the same wisdom was also to be found among other nations, including the Egyptians (as represented most prominently by Hermes Trismegistus) and the pre-Islamic sages and righteous kings of Persia. The translators present the first English edition of Hikmat al-Ishrāq with a sensitivity that conveys both the metaphysical richness and the philosophic subtleties of the work.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-113-4

Pages: XL+384

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THE REFLECTIVE HEART

Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabi’s Meccan Illuminations

James Winston Morris

“In The Reflective Heart, James Morris provides numerous keys for those who would like to open up their hearts to the vast panorama of spiritual instruction provided by al-Shaykh al-Akbar, ‘the Greatest Master.’ No other book demonstrates so clearly the universality of Ibn ‘Arabi’s concerns and their contemporary applicability. A must read for every serious seeker.”                                 –William C. Chittick

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“One of the great merits of this book is the way in which this spiritual journey, described with such compelling power through the illuminations granted to Ibn ‘Arabi, is made real for all of us. A fruit of a remarkable synthesis between scholarly erudition of the highest caliber and a fundamental orientation towards the spiritual import of Ibn ‘Arabi’s teachings, engaging both the academic and the mystic, the scholar and the seeker.”                                         –Reza. S. Kazami                                            

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“It is about the ways we gradually discover the deeper significance of all the familiar elements of our everyday life–not just those memorable moments we ordinarily view as “spiritual”. Spiritual intelligence –the illuminating interplay of our uniquely individual experience, reflection, and practice– is at the heart of every world religious tradition, and Ibn ‘Arabi is renowned for his ability to communicate the unfolding dimensions of this fundamental human task.”                                                –Omid Safi

 

ISBN 978-969-519-136-1

Pages: X+420

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STRUGGLING TO SURRENDER

Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam

Dr. Jeffrey Lang

Struggling to Surrender is a very personal account of one man’s search for God and meaning in the midst of a culture that places no value on such a quest. Dr. Lang was brought up as a Catholic and educated in a Catholic school. However, one day he found that his religious beliefs could no longer provide satisfactory answers to his questions. So his quest began: reason, agnosticism, atheism, and finally “coincidence”– a chance encounter with a Muslim student in one of his classes that eventually led to his conversion. As he soon found out, however, this was not the end of the matter, for now he had to fit in with his new community, its beliefs and traditions, and the Islamic worldview and lifestyle. For American Muslims, most of whom come from a Judeo-Christian background and a mental framework that is almost totally alien to that of a traditional Muslim, this is no easy feat. How does one deal with demands for the blind acceptance of hadith and accepted interpretations, the gulf   between  what  the Qur’ān says and the reality of Muslim life, the “status” of women, the presence of religion in every sphere of one’s life, cultural conflicts, and many other issues? Ever since his conversion, Dr. Lang has struggled to answer these questions for himself. On the request of numerous Muslim acquaintances, he decided to write about his experiences so that other American and western-educated Muslims could benefit from his insights.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-013-8

Pages: 256

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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EVEN ANGELS ASK

A Journey to Islam in America

Dr. Jeffrey Lang

In Even Angels Ask: a Journey to Islam in America, the author attempts to share the American convert’s experience of discovering Islam. During his fifteen years of being a university professor on college campuses across the United States, he has met many young Americans of Muslim heritage who avoid or even reject Islam, being unable to reconcile their inherited faith with their acquired Western outlook. One of the principle assumptions behind this book is that even though the American culture has alienated these young people from the faith of their parents, they will be able to relate to what other Americans, of non-Muslim origin, have discovered in Islam. Talking with converts, like himself Dr. Lang found a shared common experience that approximates a characteristic path to the faith. This book takes the reader along this path by discussing conflicts between faith and reason, difficulties associated with the decision to convert to Islam, obstructions to conversion erected by Muslims themselves, the indispensable experience of Islamic rituals, extremism within the Muslim community, and what the future may hold for American Muslims.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-012-X

Pages: 248

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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MODERN MAN AT THE CROSSROADS

The Search for the Knowledge of First Origins and Final Ends

John Herlihy

It has become increasingly clear today that the paradigm of knowledge that is set forth by modern science as the prevailing world view, while it bedazzles us with its intricacy, its precision, and its techno­logical edge, has led to a crisis of identity and fails on fundamental levels to answer the peren­nial questions that lie at the heart of man’s being. In the present work, the author surveys the traditional knowledge of the religions and the findings of modern science in the light of the two prevailing questions of our time, namely the Origin of Life/Man and the True nature of the Reality and Final End. Part Three, The Search for Synthesis, focuses on the traditional perspective and the search for a more profound meaning that could be realized through a more effective interaction between re­ligion and science, resulting in an “encounter” that could be beneficial rather than antagonistic. This work explores the unspoken and hidden assumptions that underlie every aspect of modern scientific knowledge and shape every facet of the modern world, assumptions that amount to a kind of secular “faith” that the scientific elite rely on to bridge the gap that exists between proven facts and unprovable mysteries.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-029-4

Pages: XVI+240

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BORDERLANDS OF THE SPIRIT

Reflections on a Sacred Science of Mind

John Herlihy

This work consists of three distinct parts. Part One is concerned with the primary faculties of knowing, including the direct and spontaneous knowledge obtained through the intel­lect, the analysis of knowledge through the faculty of reason, the synthesis of knowledge through human intelligence, and a heart knowledge that unites the knowledge of God with human sentiments and higher emotions. Part Two deals with the broad field of human perception as it is experienced through the prism of spiri­tual imagination, sacred sentiments and the insights of the soul. Part Three reflects upon the rarefied “energy” generated by the higher faculties that expresses itself as a force field of spirituality within the life of a person.

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“The dethroning of the intellect and reduction of the ‘heart’ to the seat of sentiment, or even worse, to a mechanical pump has reduced the status of contemporary man to little more that a clever animal. Herlihy’s book provides us with a genuine light out of the tunnel of darkness into which modern ways of thinking have led us.”                                                    –R. P. Coomaraswamy

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“This is perhaps the best exposition of traditional cognitive psychology to have appeared in recent times. It is also a major contribution to the contemporary discourse on religion and science.”

–Osman Bakar, Malaysia

 

 

ISBN 978-969-519-148-4

Pages: XVI+200

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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ALL THE KING’S FALCONS

Rumi on Prophets and Revelation

John Renard

This book looks at Rūmī’s insights into the meaning of the second half of the basic Muslim creed, namely, the nature and function of revelation through prophets.

All the King’s Falcons draws out Rūmī’s distinctive and creative insights into Islamic religious culture by focusing on his treatment of prophets as instruments in God’s communication with humankind. But there is more to Rūmī’s views of revelation than meets the eye, for he does not view the prophets, from Adam to Muhammad, merely as historic individuals who lived and died. Stories and images of the prophets provide this mystic and poet with a way of communicating his rich awareness of the reality of the divine message.

John Renard has chosen this topic as the basis for his investigations into Rūmī’s theological approach. Trained as a theologian and orientalist, he is in a position to put Mawlana’s prophetology into the central place where it belongs, and many of Mawlana’s numerous allusions to the prophets offer a fascinating picture of the various aspects of a prophet’s role. Thus, the book will be an eye-opener for many of Mawlana’s admirers.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-023-5

Pages: 240

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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BEYOND FAITH AND INFIDELITY

The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmūd Shabistarī

Leonard Lewisohn

This study of the life and poetry of the Persian Sufi Mahmūd Shabistarī (d. 1339-­40), whose 1000-couplet poem The Garden of Mystery has been described as the handiest introduction to the thought of post-Ibn ‘Arabi Sufism, deals with Shabistarī’s literary legacy both in his own era the last half century of the Mongol period coinciding with the greatest epoch in the history of Persian literature. The scholastic context of Shabistarī’s thoughts, his relationship to peripatetic philosophy, and his place in classical Persian Literature are discussed in depth and places his poetry for the first time in the context of local socio-political conditions. Composed in a highly symbolic language, and drawing upon the lexicon of several centuries of Persian symbolic poetry, the Garden of Mystery sets forth the dicta of the Sufis on a variety of themes such as ‘Thought’ (fikr),the Soul’ (nafs), Knowledge (ma‘rifat), the Multiplicity and Unity of the Realms of Being, the Hierarchical Levels of Being, the Spiritual Voyage (sayr) and Methodical Progression on the Sufi Path (sulūk), nearness (qurb) and distance from God (bu‘d), and the evolution of the soul.

All the poetic work of Shabistarī shows a peerless flair for metaphysical penetration combined with an aphoristic skill in synthesizing intricate dilemmas of Islamic theological and theosophical thought, unrivalled by any other mediaeval Persian Sufi poet in brevity of output and profundity of content.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-137-8

Pages: VIII+344

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE HERITAGE OF SUFISM (Volume I)

Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rūmī (700-1300)

Leonard Lewisohn (Ed.)

Persian Sufi literature occupies a unique position not only in the history of Persia but in the whole of Islamic civilization. This three-volume project, original contribution to Islamic Studies, is the most up-to-date study of the rise of Persian Sufi spirituality and literature in Islam, during the first six Muslim centuries and spans an entire millennium (750-1750) of Persianate Sufism. The aim of the first volume is to trace the rise and development of Persian Sufi spirituality and literature in Islam, focusing upon the first six Muslim centuries. Celebrating the richness of the Sufi contribution to Islamic culture and its continuing relevance, this book has been written for students and all those wishing to develop their interest in spirituality and mysticism as well as Persian literature. A unique collection of twenty-four essays featuring contributions by some of the foremost scholars in the field of Islamic studies and Persian mysticism, such as A. Schimmel, S. H. Nasr, C. W. Ernst, W. C. Chittick and J. T. P. de Bruijn covers a wide range of subjects, from literature and poetry to metaphysics and Qur’ānic exegesis– from Sufi institutions and schools to the mysticism of love, the concept of sainthood, contemplation, chival­ry, and the origins of the Malamati movement. Covering the key achievements of the Muslim intellectual and cultural tradition in history, mysticism, philosophy and poetry, it demonstrates the positive role played by Sufi thinkers during this period.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-106-1

Pages:  XLII+662

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THE HERITAGE OF SUFISM (Volume II)

The Legacy of Medieval Persian Sufism (1150-1500)

Leonard Lewisohn (Ed.)

Featuring studies by twenty-three of the world’s foremost authorities on Islamic mysticism, this collection– the second of a three-volume comprehensive study– examines the roots of the artistic, literary and cultural renaissance of Sufism from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. It features essays on: Rūmī’s poetry and imagery, Sufi music and the idea of ecstasy, sainthood and Neoplatonism, comparative metaphysics and literature, unity of religion theory in Sufi philosophy.

Celebrating the richness of the Sufi contribution to Islamic culture and its continuing relevance, this book has been written for students and all those wishing to develop their interest in spirituality and mysticism as well as Persian literature.

Unique in its historical scope, this fascinating investigation makes a perfect guide for students and for those interested in Islamic mysticism.

Persian Sufi literature occupies a unique position not only in the history of Persia but in the whole of Islamic civilization. This three-volume project, original contribution to Islamic Studies, is the most up-to-date study of the rise of Persian Sufi spirituality and literature in Islam, during the first six Muslim centuries and spans an entire millennium (750-1750) of Persianate Sufism.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-106-1

Pages: XVIII+430

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THE HERITAGE OF SUFISM (Volume III)

Late Classical Persianate Sufism (1501-1750)

Leonard Lewisohn & David Morgan (Eds.)

This final volume of The Heritage of Sufism celebrates the mystical culture and intellectual life of sixteenth to eighteenth century Iran and India, an age characterized by a flowering of Persianate culture and which marked the peak of Muslim political power in the region.

In this meticulously researched and erudite collection of essays, twenty-four internationally renowned scholars explore the religious, political, philosophical, mystical, artistic, literary and historical dimensions of the period, embracing such topics as: Western Orientalism and Persian Sufi literature, mystical diagrams, meditation practices and symbolism, conflicts and polemics between mullahs and mystics, Illuminationism and the school of Ibn ‘Arabi, historiography and the political background of Sufi institutions.

The result is a comprehensive study that is unique in its chronological breadth, intellectual diversity and historical scope and which demonstrates the central role played by Sufism in Persianate culture in Iran, Central Asia and India. Together with the first two volumes of this classic study–first ever in any language to give an in-depth account of a millennium of the history of Sufism– this book will inform and fascinate students and all those interested in the place of mysticism in Islamic culture. Unique in its historical scope, this fascinating investigation makes a perfect guide for students and for those interested in Islamic mysticism.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-106-1

Pages: XXVIII+548

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD

Lord Northbourne

“There is nothing… that has nothing to do with religion, because there is nothing that has nothing to do with God…” writes Lord Northbourne in this book. He sees the contemporary drift from religion not as an isolated phenomenon unrelated to other contemporary phenomena, but as a manifestation of a relatively recent change in the point of view form which man considers his own life and the universe in which he lives.

The theme is developed by contrasting the ideas prevalent in a religious and traditional society with those prevalent in a society, such as that of the present day. In which religious faith is at a low ebb and tradition is discarded in favour of an ideology of progress. The contrast is exemplified with special reference to modern science and the arts, and finally to religion itself. The conflict between religion and science is shown to be a real one, but as existing not because the approach of one or the other is invalid, but because modern science has been accorded a pre-eminence to which it has not right, since the field within which its approach is valid is very much more restricted than it is commonly supposed to be.

This book will be of special interest, not only to anyone for whom religion is a reality, but also to anyone who sees any reason to question the validity of the modern ideology, it is not a book to be read hurriedly and laid aside. The argument is condensed and cogent and will be found to offer a logical and consistent basis for an understanding of the nature of the ills that afflict the modern world.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-082-0

Pages: X+110

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LOOKING BACK ON PROGRESS

Lord Northbourne

Most of us are deeply committed to the cult of change. We believe in the essential beneficence of progress. We deal piecemeal with the frightening range of new problems which increasingly beset our society, but the assumptions underlying the ideology of progress are seldom seriously called in question. It is becoming increasingly urgent that these assumptions should be questioned dispassionately and with a real desire to see the truth. The author does not set out to deal with every aspect of our exceedingly involved situation. Rather he stands back and looks at that situation from various points of view, relating each to his central theme. The penetrating clarity and freshness of the pictures presented to the reader cannot fail to contribute to a better understanding of the ideology of progress, both as to its origins and as to its tendencies in the world of today. In the absence of some such understanding, even the most well intentioned actions are likely to be undertaken in vain. By him, too, the procedure of taking the reader along by steps so tiny as barely to suggest a shift of position is carried to a fine art; by the time a few such steps have been taken without incident it will probably be too late to turn back, since a new awareness will have begun to dawn inspiring a wish for more. Such is his dialectical method, applied at all times with a disarming absence of anything that might suggest a wish to sting; assuredly if love of one’s neighbour and respect for his natural feelings can be implacable in its own way, here is an example.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-203-0

Pages: 122

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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ISLAM: FAITH AND PRACTICE

Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub

What is Islam? Is it just a set of rituals or does it have a philosophy all its own? Islam and Muslims are often in the news but does the non‑Muslim World really understand what Islam stands for?

In Islam: Faith and Practice, Mahmoud Ayoub presents the Islamic faith, as Muslims understand it. The book is divided into three parts. The first deals with Islamic faith and its basis. The second part of ‘the book is concerned with Islamic rituals and institutions, their scope and significance for Muslim life and society. The third part is devoted to the structures, duties and goals of the Muslim community. This part deals with the Muslim Ummah as a religious, social and economic entity. This is followed by a discussion of the meaning of Jihad or struggle in the way of Allah. The book concludes with a consideration of the ideal and goal of Muslim unity as implied in and necessitated by tawhīd or the Oneness of Allah.

Dr. Ayoub is the author of a number of books and articles dealing with Islamic subjects and Muslim‑Christian relations. His The Qur’ān and Its Interpreters, a multi‑volume series presents the Qur’ān to western and non Arabic speaking Muslims as Muslims have understood it through tafsir or interpretation.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-027-8

Pages: 224

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE HOLY QUR’ĀN

Translations of Selected Verses

Martin Lings

The renowned scholar and Sufi master, the late Dr. Martin Lings was working on a full translation of the Qur’ān when he passed away. His translations of verses from the Qur’ān were extracted from his previously unpublished writings, and from all his other publications. These are here presented as The Holy Qur’ān: Translations of Selected Verses accompanied by the original Arabic text on facing pages. In addition, there is an appendix of Dr Lings’ translation of the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God with the original Arabic and transliteration; and a cross-referenced index which is intended to work as a minor concordance.

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“This translation conveys something of the beauty of the language of the Sacred Text as no other English translation has been able to do. It is a major addition to the corpus of Qur’ānic translations.”

S. H. Nasr

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“These translations by a master of the English language who is also
an eminent student of the Qur’ān are of inestimable value.”
–Gai Eaton

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“In addition to his stunning classical English, Dr. Martin Lings was both a master of Arabic and a brilliant scholar of Islam. This rare combination of skills made him the ideal candidate to translate the Qur’ān.”                           –Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna Institute

 

ISBN 978-969-519-187-3

Pages: XVIII+238

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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MUHAMMAD

His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

Martin Lings

“Before the appearance of this book, Western languages lacked almost entirely a comprehensive and authentic account of the life and the Prophet Muhammad. Now, Lings, has produced a superb narrative that, in its sobriety and dignity of style and its scrupulous and exhaustive fidelity to authentic and reliable sources, constitutes a major addition to Islamic literature in English.”

                                   – Religious Studies Review

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Martin Ling’s Life of Muhammad is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of the men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.

Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is something that can be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muhammad’s life and those coming to it for the first time.

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ISBN 978-969-519-088-X

Pages: VI+362

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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THE WINE OF WISDOM

The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyām

Dr. Mehdi Aminrazavi

Loved by the free-spirited, hated by his orthodox peers; a stranger in both his homeland and the West: the complexities and contradictions surrounding the life of Umar Khayyām are reconstructed for the first time in this authoritative new book. The intoxicating message of Khayyām’s famous Rubā‘iyyat created an image of exotic Orientalism in the West but, as the author Mehdi Aminrazavi reveals, Khayyām’s achievements went far beyond the intoxicating message within these verse. Philosopher, mathematician, scientist and mystic– his many different identities are examined here in detail, creating a coherent picture of this complex and often misunderstood figure.

Engagingly written, this comprehensive study draws on a host of sources, placing Khayyām within the context of his own time, and exploring, through his philosophy and poetry, his lifelong preoccupation with such timeless themes as life and death, faith and reason, freewill and fate. Aminrazavi offers fresh insights, not only into the  Rubā‘iyyat, but also into Khayyām’s lasting influence on Western literature from Mark Twain to T. S. Eliot, and his role in the creation of the Orientalist tradition.

With original renderings of Khayyām’s key philosophical works, and a full version of FitzGerald’s famous translation, this new biography will prove fascinating for general readers, while scholars and students will find this significant new contribution to the field of Persian Studies essential reading.

 

ISBN 978-969-519-138-5

Pages: X+398

Size: cm 22.5 x 14.5

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