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Author: Martin Lings
ISBN: 0520027949
Pages 133 pages
Publisher University of California Press; 1st edition (1975)
Language English
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What is Sufism? book. Martin Lings provides an excellent and authoritative introduction to the mystical movement of the Sufis based on his lifelong interest in Islamic culture.

What is Sufism? book. His explanation derives from a profound understanding of Sufism, and extends to many aspects which are usually neglected. His illuminating answer to 'What is Sufism?' gives a taste of the very subject matter itself. What Martin Lings provides an excellent and authoritative introduction to the mystical movement of the Sufis based on his lifelong interest in Islamic culture.

Martin Lings (24 January 1909 – 12 May 2005), also known as Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn, was an English writer, scholar, and philosopher

Martin Lings (24 January 1909 – 12 May 2005), also known as Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn, was an English writer, scholar, and philosopher. A student of the Swiss metaphysician Frithjof Schuon and an authority on the work of William Shakespeare, he is best known as the author of Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print.

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What is Sufism? 3. Islam. 4. Sufism 5. Sufism- Doctrines 4. Islamic basis. Certain pages from this book are designed for use in a group setting and. Chapter 1. Creativity and Problem Solving. Embedded Hardware: Know It All. 537 Pages·2007·10. Load more similar PDF files. PDF Drive investigated dozens of problems and listed the biggest global issues facing the world today. Let's Change The World Together. Pdfdrive:hope Give books away.

Martin Lings provides an excellent and authoritative introduction to the mystical movement of the Sufis based on his lifelong interest in Islamic culture.

What is Sufism? Lings, Martin. Published by University of California Press. Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. ISBN 10: 0520031717 ISBN 13: 9780520031715. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory 0520027949-2-4. More information about this seller Contact this seller 22. Stock Image.

Home Books Tasawwuf (Ihsan, Islamic Mysticism) What is Sufism? (Martin Lings). Description from the publisher: The title of this book has been given some dubious and suspect answers in recent years as far as the Western world is concerned. What is Sufism? (Martin Lings). What do Sufis believe? What do they aim at? What do they do? Unlike other writers on the subject, Martin Lings treats all the three questions with equal justice.

The title of this book is a question; and that question, as far as the Western world is concerned, has been given some dubious and suspect answers in recent years

"What do the Sufis believe? What do they aim at? What do they do? Unlike other writers on the subject, Martin Lings treats all three questions with equal justice. He is thus able to give a wealth of answers to the main question, What is Sufism?, each answer being from a different angle but all going to the root of the matter"--Dust jacket.
Mr_KiLLaURa
Although the cover practically looks like an "I Can Read Book," this is not a beginner's book. Martin Lings, a great scholar and Sufi, has written a beautiful and deeply esoteric work that explores the Sufi lineage, keeping it within its bounds and place in Islam. The original Sufi, no doubt, was Muhammad عليه السلام‎.

As is stated, “Sufism today is a name without a reality that was once a reality without a name." It is simply the esoteric, the inner kernel of Islam. The problem with creating names/ideas around the idea of "Sufism" is that it immediately polarizes and creates divisions. That is not the intent of original sufi's, who were simply the mystics (including Muhammad عليه السلام, Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib and others who are well quoted in making very "Sufi" statements about union, oneness of being, etc.) well before there was ever a name associated with their devotional philosophies.

This book does a beautiful job of keeping the reality of Sufism firmly anchored in the lineage of Islam, maintaining the importance of exoteric Islamic practices, all while exploring different thoughts, ideas and figures of its deeply meaningful history.
Bynelad
I had done quite a bit of research on Sufism for a few courses and I have found Lings' little book to be absolutely remarkable.

First, it is important to note that Lings writes from the perspective of Sufism, so he casually brushes aside orthodox readings in favor of spiritual or "vertical" readings of the Qur''n. This makes for quite easy comparison with other forms of Mysticism, but I feel at times this isn't a very true approach. To be more honest with the tradition, Sufism qua Islam would be more appropriate. But, due to my own biases, Sufism qua Mysticism makes for a far more universal, comparative study. Keep this bias in mind before reading.

The book itself concisely covers all that one could ask for in a book this size. Lings' ability to be terse yet illuminating is legendary here. This seems to come from the power of his summations where he ties up his thoughts and makes very definite statements about the philosophy and implications of Sufism. These tend to come across as both inspirational and brilliant. Also, he splices citations into his reading effortlessly and poignantly which makes for great direction for further study.

If you have a mystic bias this book will certainly deliver. Even if you do not, Lings' understanding of the material is still unmistakable.
Ustamya
You need a good background in Islam to understand this book.
Eta
I was told this book was like NEW. Almost every page is marked in pen, underlined in pen, some markings are highlighted in one some are highlighted in multi color highlighter pens. Name of the person or sales clerk is Amanda Torres, and the PRODUCT CONDITION she notes is VERY GOOD! This seems ironic and even more galling!
Tat
I found this to be the best book that I have read so far that introduces the theoretical and practical concepts of Sufism. The author makes Sufism intellectualy appealing. I especialy like how Mr.Lings discusses the concept of 'wahid al wujud' or 'unity of existence.' That is very important to know when understand the 'world view' of Sufism.I believe books like these can help introduce Islam western educated audiences unlike the many books that talk about Islam as if it was a bunch of laws and nothing more.

The Reviewer's comments below were totaly misleading and show complete ignorance of Islam. There are authentic hadiths that make references to the higher states for example. Sufism is a very islamic concept that was recognized by al 4 of the great imams(3 of which me mentioned) Shafi, Malik, Ahmad, Hanafi. Sufism was also recognized as valid by ibn Tamiyaa himself. ibn Tamiyaa was a shayk in the Qadiri tariqat. Shayk Ghazzali was not credited with being the "founder of Sufism." He however standardized and made it popular with his tremendous influence. There is absoutely no proof that he changed any of his ideas. At the end of his life he moved to Palestine and totaly put aside public life.He made no writings or speechs at all then. There are many mystical stories from the region today about his last years there. Also Islam DOES recognize sainthood. Even ibn Tamiyaa recognized it. ibn Tamiyaa was a contraversial scholar and labelled heretical by mainstream sunni islam. This critic's views reflect that of the Wahabi fundementalists who dumb down religion and show extreme intolerence to others.
Jeb
Having read several introductory books on Sufism, this is one of the better ones (Arberry's is also good, despite its age). It is a book which actually tries to convey the heart in Sufism. As for the other reviewer from Egypt "Do not be fooled" -- someone who despises Sufism should not be allowed to review books on Sufism. In fact, I would be surprised if that reviewer even read the book so much as writing negative reviews on every Sufi book, spreading his fundamentalist beliefs around -- but we can laugh at such things, for would not a Sufi also take it ligh heartedly?

I would not recommend this book over, say Arberry, Schimmel, or Idries Shah -- but I would recommend it over books by Ernst, Harvey, or Sedgewick.
Arabella V.
well written and simple to understand. This book gives a fine introduction to Sufism from its very beginings, through its practices going on to the history of Sufism to the present day. Easier to read than Burckhards book and perhaps more sympathetic than Smith or Nicholsons well worth a read for anyone with an interest in the Muslim religion.