This is a list of the most popular books introducing Sufism to the spiritual reader. Let me start with The Essential Rumi the Rumi translation by Coleman Barks that warmed the heart of many, and created his reputation as THE Rumi interpreter of our time. As the famous author on religion Huston Smith says : [...]
Best books on Islam and Sufism
In Islam today Sufism has become a controversial topic, just as mysticism is in Christian circles. At the same time Sufism is the one area of Islam westerners can feel comfortable with: it’s more liberal outlook is a welcome relief from talk of Islam fundamentalism.
Politics aside, Sufism is a great source of insight into the human condition.
Though in a sense I grew up to appreciate Sufism, as it was my grandfather’s specialty, this book was my first real introduction to it’s poetry, wisdom and mysticism. The essence of any spiritual path is not in it’s history, it’s controversies or it’s mundane facts. The essence is the wisdom people have lived and [...]