Author: Imam al Qushayri
Translated by: B.R.von Schlegell
Introduction by: Hamid Algar
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: New
Description from the publisher: Principles of Sufism includes all sections of the Risala concerning the fundamental principles of Sufism; it omits only the biographical notices at the beginning of the work and various highly technical matters at its end. The sections chosen for translation relate to the stations and states of the Sufi path: 43 chapters beginning with repentance and ending with longing. This represents half the complete text.
One of the most widely read Sufi treatises in Arabic, the Risala defines classical Sufism through the use of quotations from the Qur’an, the Prophetic Traditions and reference to the exemplary behavior of the ascetics and saints. Al-Qushayri illustrates the principles of Sufism with tales and sayings of the first generation of Muslims and of his contemporaries in the 5/11th century. Readers are given a rich account of what Sufism as a way of life implied for the early Muslims.