THE BOOK OF CERTAINTY

Authors:Martin Lings

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THE BOOK OF CERTAINTY -The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis

THE BOOK OF CERTAINTY- The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis

A little gem which refracts some of the most essential elements of Sufi gnosis based on traditional Quranic esoteric exegesis. The book expresses in the language of Sufism some of the universal truths which lie at the heart of all religions. The first authentic modern account of Sufi teaching written “from within”; enjoyable and instructive, this book is an excellent introduction to Sufism; highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well written and in places really eloquent. The author was asked by a friend to set down in writing what he considered to be the most important things that a human being can know. He was also asked to make it very easy, and despite the depth of all that it contains, it has in fact a remarkable simplicity and clarity, due, no doubt, to the constant use of traditional imagery which awakens and penetrates the imagination.
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“Abu Bala Siraj ad-Din has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufi treatise, for, belonging as it does to our own time, it is easier for us to assimilate than are the treatises and commentaries of Sufis of old.” —Islamic Quarterly
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Author

Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)

 (1909-2005)

Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire. After a classical education, he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935, he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English at the University of Kaunus. After four years, he went to Egypt and was given a lectureship in English Literature at Cairo University where he lectured mainly on Shakespeare. He later returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University and subsequently joined the staff of the British Museum where he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts until his retirement in 1973. He is the author of The Sacred Art of ShakespeareAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsThe Eleventh Hour, Symbol & Archetype, The Book of Certainty (the Sufi Doctrines of Faith, Vision and Gnosis), A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth CenturyWhat is Sufism? and Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources has been acclaimed as the best biography of the Prophet. He was also the author of several articles for the new Encyclopaedia of Islam, of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and participated in various Islamic conferences form time to time. He was a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and member of its council and also a member of the British Museum Society.

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