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Essential Sufism by Robert Frager
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Excellent introduction to Sufism for the non-Muslim reader ( )
  LloydLeeWilson | Nov 3, 2017 |
Disjointed rag-tag quote book. ( )
  Sippara | Jun 25, 2009 |
In this compilation, Fadiman and Frager present to us the many faces of Islamic mysticism. They remind us that the spiritual path is different from the intellectual path, that a difference exists between contemplation and knowledge, that "the gnawing hunger of lonely men, is not appeased by information or facts". Paradoxically, as Bayazid Bistami affirms, "The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it." In their aphorisms and anecdotes, the Sufis explain how, through the blessings of submission, faith, and love, one may come to know the face of the unknown. ( )
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Sufis are celebrated in the West for their joy, humor, and devoted worship. Two students of Sufism, James Fadiman and Robert Frager, have collected some of the jewels of Sufic literature, polished them up a bit, and organized them for ready contemplation. Rumi's poems, Attar's stories, Mohammed's terse sayings, and even some moving pieces from contemporary Western devotees make Essential Sufism a treasury of Sufic literature. The extensive introduction provides practical context, and preambles to each section set the tone for what's to come. If you haven't encountered the wisdom of Sufi mysticism, the material in this book is a good place to start; if you have, it's a comfortable place for return.

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A collection of more than three hundred works from all eras of Sufism, including prayers, poetry, stories, fables, and aphorisms written by Sufi prophets, saints, and teachers.

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