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    Description'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.


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    Title
    A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century
    Subtitle
    Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Lings
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 242
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780946621507
    ISBN 10: 0946621500
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJC, 3JJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HB
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: HRLP7
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
    B&T Approval Code: A13465000
    BISAC V2.8: REL090000, SOC048000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJC, 3JJF, 3JJG, 1HB
    DC20: 297.4092
    DC22: 297/.4/092
    LC classification: BP80.A54L5, BP80.A54 L53 1993
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DNB, QRP, QRVS5
    Edition
    3, Revised
    Edition statement
    3rd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    5 b&w halftones, indexes
    Publisher
    The Islamic Texts Society
    Imprint name
    The Islamic Texts Society
    Publication date
    01 April 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of three works on Islamic mysticism, 'Sufi Poems', 'What is Sufism?' and 'The Book of Certainty', as well as the award-winning 'Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources' all published by the Islamic Texts Society.
    Review quote
    'A masterly study of a man whose sanctity recalled the golden age of medieval mystics. In this well documented book Dr Lings draws on many rare sources ... and has made some important original contributions.' 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.
    Table of contents
    Table of Contents; Part One: The Path and the Order; 2. Seen from Outside; 3. The Origins of Sufism; 4. Seen from Within; 5. The Spiritual Master; Part Two: The Doctrine; 7. Oneness of being; 8. The Three Worlds; 9. The Symbolism of the Letters of the Alphabet; 10. The Great Peace; 11. Gnosis; 12. The Ritual Purification; 13. The Ritual Prayer; Part Three: Further Dimensions; 15. Selections from his Aphorisms; 16. Selections from his Poetry; Appendix I: List of his Writings; Appendix II: The Spiritual Chain