Introduction to Sufi Doctrine

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2008 - Religion - 118 pages
Titus Burckhardt's masterpiece, Introduction to Sufi Doctrine, explores the essence of Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, presenting its central doctrines and methods to a Western audience in a highly intelligible form.
 

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Intoduction to Sufi Doctrine
This work is a quintessential resource for traditional Sufi studies as it crystallizes the very substance and essence of the Sufi path, perhaps as astutely as any
theoretical presentation could provide outside formal participation in a tariqah (path or way). The path symbolized by a radius traveling from the periphery of a circle to its center illustrates the unanimity of all spiritual paths affirming the Sufi saying: 'The ways (turuq) towards God are as numerous as the souls [nafas] of men' (p.114) It is those Sufis who realize themselves through knowledge, such as Muhyi-d-Din ibn `Arabi, al-Shaykh al-Akbar (The Greatest Master), who exemplify the religion of the heart, which this work reflects unequivocally. 

Contents

AtTaṣawwuf
3
Sufism and Mysticism
9
Sufism and Pantheism
17
Knowledge and Love
21
The Branches of the Doctrine
25
Sufi Interpretation of the Qurʾān
31
THE DOCTRINAL FOUNDATIONS
41
The Aspects of Unity
43
The Spirit
59
Universal Man
63
Union in the Doctrine of MuḥyīdDīn ibn ʿArabī
69
Doctrine Virtue and Spiritual Alchemy
75
The Intellectual Faculties
83
Rites
89
Meditation
95
Contemplation According to MuḥyīdDīn ibn ʿArabī
97

Creation
49
The Archetypes
53
The Renewing of Creation at Each Instant
55
Glossary and Index
103
Biographical Notes
117
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