A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century : Shaikh Ahmad al-'Alawi
"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 "A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi his Spiritual Heritage and Legacy".---In this work, the author, Dr Martin Lings, presents a vivid picture of the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaykh Ahmad al-Alawi through a short biography by his French doctor and the translation of the Shaykh al-Alawi's own autobiography. These are followed by expositions of the Shaykh al-Alawi's teachings which are based on pure metaphysics and gnosis. Finally, Dr Martin Lings translates selections from Shaykh al-Alawi's aphorisms and mystical poetry. The whole work immerses the reader in the world of North African Sufism both as an intellectual tradition and a living reality.
- Paperback | 242 pages
- 134.6 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
- 01 Apr 1994
- The Islamic Texts Society
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 3rd Revised edition
- 5 b&w halftones, indexes
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Table of contents
Preface to the Third Edition---Part One: The Path and the Order---I. Seen from Outside---II. The Origins of Sufism---III. Seen from Within---IV. The Spiritual Master---Part Two: The Doctrine---V. Oneness of Being---VI. The Three Worlds---VII. The Symbolism of the Letters of the Alphabet---VIII. The Great Peace---IX. Gnosis---X. The Ritual Purification---XI. The Ritual Prayer---Part Three: Further Dimensions---XII. A Spiritual Affinity---XIII. Selections from His Aphorisms---XIV. Selections from His Poetry---Appendix A. A List of His Writings---Appendix B. The Spiritual Chain---Index of Persons, etc.---Index of Arabic Words
"One of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar."---Journal of Near Eastern Studies.---"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.
About Martin Lings
Dr Martin Lings (d. 2005), formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript at the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of the best-selling title "Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources", and of "What is Sufism?", "The Book of Certainty", "Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology", and "The Holy Qur'an: Translations of Selected Verses", all published by the Islamic Texts Society.