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A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century
A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century

A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century

Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi

RELIGION

242 Pages, 6 x 9 1/4

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (CA $41.95) (US $29.95)

Publication Date: December 1993

ISBN 9780946621507

Rights: US & CA

Islamic Texts Society (Dec 1993)

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Overview

'Almost a prerequisite for any serious study of Sufism in European languages': this was the verdict of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his review of the first edition of the book. According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is 'one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar'. Certainly there is nothing second-hand about it. The author lets Sufis speak for themselves and, in a series of unusual and absorbing texts mainly translated from Arabic, he gives a vivid picture of life in a North African Sufi order. Against this background stands the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaikh who was head of the order from 1909 until his death in 1934. The last few chapters are mainly devoted to his writings, which include some penetrating aphorisms, and which end with a small anthology of his remarkable mystic poems.

Reviews

"A masterly study of a man whose sanctity recalled the golden age of medieval mystics." —A. J. Arberry"What Martin Lings adds by way of commentary is of the greatest significance and may serve as a key to a deeper understanding of Islam as a whole." —Titus Burckhardt