SUNY series in Islam

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The Anonymity of a Commentator

A close study of one of the most prolific commentary writers in Islamic history.

The Repose of the Spirits

Major new translation of a unique and important Persian treatise on divine names in the Islamic tradition.

Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love

Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.

Sufism and American Literary Masters

Explores the influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers.

Rumi's Mystical Design

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

The Charismatic Community

Looks at the emergence of Shiism as a distinct communal identity within Islam.

Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam

A fascinating exploration of how the transcendent is expressed in the spatial sensibility of premodern Islam.

Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present

A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt

Using the original, little-known writings of Sufis Muhammad and 'Ali Wafa', this book explores the development of the idea of Islamic sainthood in the post-Ibn 'Arabi period.

Kernel of the Kernel

An English translation of a seminal book on Sufism from a Shi'i perspective by an eminent Muslim thinker.

The Early Muslim Tradition of Dream Interpretation

Explores dream interpretation among the early Muslims, who saw dreams as a type of prophecy.

The Wisdom of the Mystic East

An expert on the thought of medieval Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi argues that philosophers have romanticized this work as a revival of “oriental” wisdom.

The Leaven of the Ancients

Provides an account of Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi's revival of Neoplatonism.

Ibn 'Arabi in the Later Islamic Tradition

Examines the fierce controversy over the legacy of Ibn 'Arabi, the great Islamic mystic.

The Self-Disclosure of God

Explicates the cosmology of Ibn al-'Arabi, the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization.

Imaginal Worlds

In this book Chittick explains Ibn al-Arabi's concept of human perfection, his World of Imagination, and his teachings on why God's wisdom demands diversity of religious expression. He then suggests how ...

Sufi Wisdom

This book is the first work in English to present a view from Russia of Islamic mysticism. Ibn Arabi and Rumi are the main characters of the book. Their views reflect Sufi understanding of the Absolute ...

The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy

This book aims to present to western philosophers the most important theme in Islamic epistemology: knowledge by presence, the knowledge that results from immediate and intuitive awarenes, advocated by ...

Whirling Dervishes, The

Sufism is the esoteric aspect of Islam. Its purpose is to convey direct knowledge of the eternal. The Sufis impart knowledge through lineages that go back to the Prophet Muhammud. In these various Sufi ...

Mirror of the Intellect

Titus Burckhardt was Swiss and an eminent member of the traditionalist school. He is perhaps best known to the English-speaking public as the author of the following books: Sacred Art in East and West; ...

Islam and the Destiny of Man

Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton is a wide-ranging study of the Muslim religion from a unique point of view. The author, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service, was brought ...

The Sufi Path of Love

This is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning God and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, ...