The Way of Sufi Chivalry

A highly respected Sufi saint and scholar of the 10th century, Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami compiled this book as a guide to enlightened behavior for the spiritual aspirant.

The Way of Sufi Chivalry

A highly respected Sufi saint and scholar of the 10th century, Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami compiled this book as a guide to enlightened behavior for the spiritual aspirant. In its pages, he records the teachings of renowned spiritual masters (available for the first time in English translation) as well as tales and quotations from the Koran and Hadith. The teachings reveal the true meaning of compassion, love, friendship, generosity, and hospitality, as well as the right actions associated with these virtues. According to the Sufis, Futuwwah is a code of honorable behavior that follows the example of the prophets, saints, and sages. By adhering to its precepts, the student learns detachment from the ego. The Way of Sufi Chivalry addresses the reader directly, providing the aspirant of today with living guidance on the path of perfection and the way of Sufism.

Radical Love

... of this poem in Sufi magazine, July 1918, vol. 3, no. 2. “Perfection of Love,
Harmony, and Beauty,” Hazrat Inayat Khan. “Bless All That We Receive,” Hazrat
Inayat Khan, Gayan, 48. “Do Not Run After,” al-Sulami, The Way of Sufi Chivalry,
60.

Radical Love

This stunning collection showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original translations At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular tradition that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading humanity back to God. Safi brings together for the first time the passages of the Qur'an sought by the Muslim sages, the mystical sayings of the Prophet, and the teachings of the path of "Divine love." Accurately and sensitively translated by leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi, the writings of Jalal al‑Din Rumi can now be read alongside passages by Kharaqani, 'Attar, Hafez of Shiraz, Abu Sa'id‑e Abi 'l‑Khayr, and other key Muslim mystics. For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi's poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him.

Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean

The way in which the Sufis used etiquette and chivalry, however, diflered
considerably from its use among the chevaliers and the elite social classes. As
defined by al-Sulami (d. AD 1021), Sufi chivalry consisted of such fervent
selflessness ...

Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean

The cross-fertilisation in written and material culture across borders in the medieval world.

Deleuze and Theology

The way in which the Sufis used etiquette and chivalry, however, diflered
considerably from its use among the chevaliers and the elite social classes. As
defined by al-Sulami (d. AD 1021), Sufi chivalry consisted of such fervent
selflessness ...

Deleuze and Theology

An exploration of the thought of Gilles Deleuze and its relevance to theology.

Islam Christianity and the Mystic Journey

The Garter represents nobility and chivalry; it is, however, the backdrop to
devious politics and adultery. Behind ... 1.5 The Way of Sufi Chivalry In Hans
Wehr's Dictionary, a variety of definitions are given for the Arabic word futuwwa.
Inter alia ...

Islam  Christianity and the Mystic Journey

This distinctive comparison of Islamic and Christian mysticism focuses on the mystic journey in the two faith traditions.

Sufism in the Secret History of Persia

What remains is that an institution of chivalry, as a counterpart to Persio-
Mesopotamian models, did not as yet exist in Arabia, and moreover, ... that is, in
the way that the Sufis increasingly spiritualized the concept and practice of
chivalry to such an extent that it even goes beyond the ... The Iranian origins of
Sufi chivalry and etiquette The late master of the Persian Nematollahi Khaneqahi
Sufi Order, Javad ...

Sufism in the Secret History of Persia

Sufism formed one of the cultures of resistance which has existed in the social fabric of Persia since antiquity. Such resistance continues to manifest itself today with many looking to Sufism as a model of cooperation between East and West, between traditional and modern. 'Sufism in the Secret History of Persia' explores the place of Sufi mysticism in Iran's intellectual and spiritual consciousness through traditional and contemporary Sufi thinkers and writers. Sufism in the Secret History of Persia examines the current of spirituality which extends from the old Iranian worship of Mithra to modern Islam. This current always contains elements of gnosis and inner knowing, but has often provided impetus for socio-political resistance. The study describes how these persisting pre-Islamic cultural and socio-religious elements have secretly challenged Muslim orthodoxies and continue to shape the nature and orientation of contemporary Sufism.

The Taste of Hidden Things

Images on the Sufi Path Sara Sviri. following saying recorded by al ... Rūmi ,
Dīwān , 1331 , quoted in Chittick , The Sufi Path of Love , pp . 218 - 19 . 10 . As -
Sulamī , The Way of Sufi Chivalry , pp . 40 - 41 . 11 . Al - Qushayrī , Ar - Risāla ...

The Taste of Hidden Things

The wisdom, metaphysical boldness, and lyrical passion of the great Sufi Masters, past and present, mingles with the actual experiences of contemporary seekers to provide a vivid, indelible, and heartfelt description of this ancient path. Special emphasis is given to excerpts from the work of the 9th-century mystic, Al-Hakim at-Tirmidhi (including teaching dreams of his wife), available here for the first time in English.

The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry

... the chivalric pact of the Holy Prophet ' s youth , see Martin Lings , Muhammad :
His Life Based on the Earliest Sources , Inner Traditions , 1991 ; on Ibn al - ' Arabī
' s encounter , see Michel Chodkiewicz ' introduction to Way of Sufi Chivalry .

The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry


Towards the Summit of Reality

... chief work of the Sufi school of Basra and the first comprehensive manual on
Sufism ; as - Sulami ' s Kitab al - Futuwwa ( translated by al - Jerrahi as The Way
of Sufi Chivalry ) , recording the teachings of great Sufi masters on the meaning
of ...

Towards the Summit of Reality

During his sojourn in Sulaymaniyah in the 1850s Baha'u'llah came into contact with eminent Sufi leaders. In the Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, epistles revealed for two of them, He sets forth the foundations of a renewed spiritual path. 'Abdu'l-Baha described the Seven Valleys as 'a guide for human conduct'. This major new study focuses on the historical, doctrinal and literary background of the Seven Valley and the Four Valleys, and on Baha'u'llah's revision of Sufi concepts in the light of the teachings of His new Revelation."

Peace Be Upon Islam

Gudri Shah Baba III, The Path ofTasawwuf, Asma Publications, Ajmer, 1990. 6.
Motilala Jotwani, Suis of Sindh, New-Delhi, 1986. 7. The Book of Sufi Chivalry,
edit East West Publications, London, 1983. 8. Lama Anagarika Govinda, Tibetian
 ...

Peace Be Upon Islam

This book deals with morals in Islam, improving self-image by nonattachment to objects, attachment to God, and moral enrichment. There is perfect compatibility between Islam and yoga on the highest level and also resemblance of Islamic prayers and yoga asanas. Enlightenment is the full-body realization and acceptance of the oneness of God (Allah). Religion can only be taught properly by spiritually enlightened masters. Constant remembrance of God enables the seeker to reach the Divine Presence, and hearts become at peace in the remembrance of God, and through its practice, a window of light opens where one can witness the souls of angels realize oneness with God. The book describes contemplative prayer, meditation, and silence that are best practiced in solitude apart from religious organizations, corporate worship, and group activity to find inner peace. In the domain of spiritual life, the efficient energy of the Supreme Principle signifies the celestial energy and allows one to enter into contact with divinity and leads to self-realization, which is the basic qualification for any spiritual teacher that grants him inner peace and bliss. The book reports that the fulfillment of all religions lie in gaining for man all that is necessary for finding the superior spirit, which is within all of us. Universal religion has a distinctive role to play, indicating that all religions are one.

Women of Sufism

said, “Whenever one of the practitioners of Sufi chivalry (fityan) from anywhere
seeks me out, I sense the light of his intention in my inner soul ... A woman who
was standing by the side of the road inquired, “How long will you say, 'Who is this
?

Women of Sufism

The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity. Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to Europe and America—from beloved members of the Prophet's family to the mystic Rabi'a al-Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experience of great saints and contemporary practitioners alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.

The Postcolonial Arabic Novel

The Way of Sufi Chivalry : When the light of the heart is reflected in the face , the
beauty is futuwwah . Trans . Tosun Bayrak ( New York : Inner Traditions
International , 1983 ) . Also translated as The Book of Sufi Chivalry : Lessons to a
son of ...

The Postcolonial Arabic Novel

This work covers the postcolonial in Arabic fiction. It discusses and questions a large number of novels show cultural diversity in the Arab world. It highlights engagements with postcolonial issues that relate to identity formation, the modern nation-state, individualism, and nationalism.

Small Press Record of Books in Print

... Anonymous Way of Kabbalah , Halevi , Zlev ben Shimon Way of Karma ,
Breaux , Charles A Way Of Life , Pohren , Don The Way of No Way : Solving the
Jeet Kune Do Riddle , Beasley , Jerry , Ed.D. The Way of Sufi Chivalry , Al -
Sulami , Ibn ...

Small Press Record of Books in Print


A Study of the Vedantic Outlook of Sufi sadhana

And it is said about this book that “ Sulami ' s book of Sufi Chivalry ' is such a
teaching , synthesizing the unification of orthodox and mystical paths . This code
of Sufi morals proposes to lead man to consciousness and perfection . It reveals
the ...

A Study of the Vedantic Outlook of Sufi sadhana

SUFISM AND VEDANTA may not be the same in many aspects, but at the same time these two have lot of similarities too. VEDANTA-specially ADVAITA VADANTA-is not that much theological perhapps. Howwever this is something which is very comparative in nature. Bhakti Schools: neither Vedanta is completely free of it. Even Sri Shankaracharya's Advaita is not that dry philosophy as it is made out to be by us. Advaita in the ultimate may be more a philosophy than a religion. But it is never without religion, sp these Sufi/Advaita have some interesting common emphasis and features. Historically there are many points that could be very well traced and compared, no doubt in both the cases

... s usage , nisā ” , the most general term for women , signifies ordinary women
— those who do not follow the Sufi way . ... signifies yet another level of
enhancement by creating a subcategory of niswa — the practitioners of female
chivalry .

Early Sufi Women is the earliest known work in Islam devoted entirely to women's spirituality. Written by the Persian Sufi Ab 'Abd ar-Rahman as-Sulami, this long-lost work provides portraits of eighty Sufi women who lived in the central Islamic lands between the eighth and eleventh centuries CE. As spiritual masters and exemplars of Islamic piety, they served as respected teachers and guides in the same way as did Muslim men, often surpassing men in their understanding of Sufi doctrine, the Qur'an, and Islamic spirituality. Whether they were scholars, poets, founders of Sufi schools, or individual mystics and ascetics, they embodied a wisdom that could not be hidden.

Sufi Hermeneutics

71 trials on the way to 251 see also gnosis ( ma ' rifa ) ; ahl - i ma ' rifat Massignon
, Louis xv , xxiii , 71 , 186 - 7 masti ... states and stations mard - i mardāna ( '
manly ' man ) , allusion to ideals of Sufi chivalry 76 , 253 mardänagi 171 , 181n .

Sufi Hermeneutics

The author explores the interplay between scriptural exegesis and mystical doctrine in a twelfth-century Sufi commentary on the Qur'an. Previously little-known outside the Persian-speaking world, it is increasingly recognized as a key work in the development of Sufi Qur'anic interpretation. Dr Keeler provides invaluable background for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of Persian mystical poetry and prose, and other major works of Sufi literature.

Sufism

... 1992 Qushayri , Principles of Sufism ( Barbara von Schlegell ) , Berkeley :
Mizan Press , 1992 Razi , The Path of God ... Book of Sufi Chivalry ( Tosun
Bayrak ) , New York : Inner Traditions , 1983 Tirmidhi , The Concept of Sainthood
in Early ...

Sufism

The Sufi tradition, commonly associated with the Whirling Dervishes and the poetry Rumi, is introduced here in a new guide. William C. Chittick offers insight into the origins, context, and key themes of this movement. After a general overview of the tradition, he draws upon the words of some of the greatest Sufi writers - among them Ibn Arabi, Beha Walad and Rumi - to give a perspective on the teachings and beliefs of Sufism and its proponents. Areas covered include the history and growth of Sufism, and its relationship to Islam; the mystical and spiritual properties of music and dance; the qualities of Sufi writing, with many examples; the beliefs, practices and philosophies of Sufism as seen through the eyes of several major figures; and Sufism in the modern world. This book will be appreciated by anyone interested in Sufism, from those who know nothing about it to students, scholars and experts alike.

History of Islamic Political Thought

futuwwa ('chivalry') clubs.3 Sufi shrines and tombs of holy men became focal
points for village, tribe, urban district and ... It flooded into the space left by
political disengagement. once politics was off the religious agenda, as in different
ways it ...

History of Islamic Political Thought

Second edition of the history of Islamic political thought that traces its roots from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2010 AD).

Violent Order

ing of this term for ' ayyārs and Sufis respectively . At this point , our focus
inevitably must shift from the ' ayyār - Sufi ties toward an examination of futuwwa -
chivalry – itself . Clearly , this was a shared value of the ' ayyārs and the Sufis ; let
us ...

Violent Order

Die Reihe Istanbuler Texte und Studien (ITS) ist eine Buchreihe des Orient-Instituts Istanbul. Das Institut ist ein turkologisches und regional-wissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut im Verbund der Max Weber Stiftung. In enger Kooperation mit turkischen und internationalen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern widmet es sich einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Forschungsgebiete. Ausserdem ist das Orient-Institut Istanbul aktiv auf dem Gebiet des wissenschaftlichen Austausches zwischen Deutschland und der Turkei. Der 11. Band dieser Reihe beinhaltet: "Violent Order: Religious Warfare, Chivalry, and the ?Ayyar Phenomenon in the Medieval Islamic World". Die Reihe Istanbuler Texte und Studien (ITS) ist eine Buchreihe des Orient-Instituts Istanbul. Das Institut ist ein turkologisches und regional-wissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut im Verbund der Max Weber Stiftung. In enger Kooperation mit turkischen und internationalen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern widmet es sich einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Forschungsgebiete. Ausserdem ist das Orient-Institut Istanbul aktiv auf dem Gebiet des wissenschaftlichen Austausches zwischen Deutschland und der Turkei. Der 11. Band dieser Reihe beinhaltet: "Violent Order: Religious Warfare, Chivalry, and the ?Ayyar Phenomenon in the Medieval Islamic World".

Holy People of the World

The Book of Sufi Chivalry : Futuwwah , Lessons to a Son of the Moment .
Translated by Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al - Jerrahi al - Halveti . New York : Inner
Traditions International . 1999. Early Sufi Women ( Dhikr an - Niswa al - Muta'
abbidat ...

Holy People of the World

A cross-cultural encyclopedia of the most significant holy people in history, examining why people in a wide range of religious traditions throughout the world have been regarded as divinely inspired.