An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine and Letters of a Sufi Master


(Two Books in One Volume)


(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.

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Shaykh al-Darqāwī

Titus Burckhardt

Titus Burckhardt (1908-1984) (Ibrāhīm ‘Izz ud-Dīn) was the son of the Swiss sculptor, Carl Burckhardt, and a member of a patrician family of Basle. Although he first followed in his father’s footsteps as a sculptor and illustrator, he was since his childhood always strongly attracted to oriental art. This led him to a theoretical study of eastern doctrines and to repeated sojourns in the Islamic countries. After some years of studying the history of art and oriental languages, he became director of a publishing house, the Graf-Verlag, which specialised in facsimile editions of ancient manuscripts. In 1972, he was appointed to UNESCO for the preservation of the ancient city of Fez. He was himself an artist and a writer. Well known as the general editor of a magnificent series of art books on sacred cities, and the author of these that deal with SiennaChartres and Fez, he has also written such authoritative works as Moorish Culture in SpainSacred Art in East and WestAn Introduction to the Sufi DoctrineLetters of a Sufi Master and Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, which is perhaps the best book on Alchemy to be written in the twentieth century. His collected essays have appeared in English under the title Mirror of the Intellect.


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