Sufis of Andalusia –
(The Rūh al-Quds and Durrat al-Fākhirah by Ibn ‘Arabi)
This book comprises biographical sketches describing the lives and teaching of some Sufi masters of the 12-13’h centuries from Muslim Spain and North Africa. The sketches come from two manuscript works by a great Muslim mystic, the celebrated Sufi, Muhyi al-Din Ibn ‘Arabi, of whose life and work there is a brief account in the introduction. The book provides, in a most inspiring way, many insights into the teachings and practices pf the Sufis, whose deep spiritual experience provided the foundation of devotional life in Islam. Ibn `Arabi’s sketches invite us to become acquainted with some of the greatest souls of his time, to sense some measure of their sanctity and to wonder at their unswerving and rigorous dedication. The material has been edited and compiled with great skill to make for easy reading of these two important sources, here translated into English for the first time. There is adequate notation for the reader quite unfamiliar with Muslim practices and customs, as well as for the student reading in depth.