AN INTRODUCTION TO SUFI DOCTRINE and LETTERS OF A SUFI MASTER –
(Two Books in One Volume)
An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine: Sufism— the esoteric or inward aspect of Islam— is capable of giving assess to direct knowledge of the eternal. This book is an introduction to a study of the doctrines of Sufism, not from the viewpoint of pure scholarship, but with the purpose of contributing to the efforts of those who seek to understand those universal truths of which every sacred doctrine is an expression. In Part One Titus Burckhardt defines the nature of Sufism while Part Two consists of an examination of doctrinal foundations of Sufism and in Part Three the author deals with spiritual realization. This section, commences with a dissertation on the three elements of ‘operative’ Sufism, and includes perceptive commentaries on rites, meditation and contemplation. Readers previously unacquainted with the subject will find that Sufism embraces doctrine, initiation and spiritual method. Letters of a Sufi Master: Mulay Al-`Arabi al-Darqawf, the author of these letters, was the founder of the Darq5wi Order of Sufis. The spiritual radiation of the Shaykh al-DarqawI brought about a sudden great flowering of Sufism in Morocco and Algeria and beyond it. The collected letters (Rasd’il) of Shaykh al-Darqawl were compiled by himself. Titus Burckhardt has made this translation on the basis of two Nineteenth Century Manuscripts as well as the lithographed edition.