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Sufi: Expressions of the Mystic Quest (Art and Imagination) Paperback – 14 Jun 1976


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Reissue edition (14 Jun. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050081015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500810156
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 24.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JakeThePeg on 17 Dec. 2011
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This masterful short book on Sufism is a real gem. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful images of Sufi art, architecture and geometry it is a feast for the eyes, giving you the mystical experience through its visual element alone. But that is not all. Bahktiar provides us with as succinct but all-encompassing an overview of the essence of Sufi mystical thought as one could possibly imagine. Nothing is left out, or so it feels, written in language of the utmost precision and clarity.

Bakhtiar's vision is deeply Sufic and, in the grand tradition of Sufism, deeply universal. Other cultures and influences are paid tribute to - Christianity, Plotinus, the Upanishads, the Hermetica etc - while never losing the particular feel of the Sufi Way. The full expanse of Muslim Mysticism is drawn upon, with its greatest exponents: Rumi, Arabi, Attar, Ghazzali etc - all referenced.

Highly recommended, for the beginner looking for a way in and the seasoned Sufi, for a treasure chest of images and ideas.
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An exceptionally beautiful work which is as much a comprehensive treatise upon traditional symbology as it is an exposition, encompassing the key themes of Tasawwuf, outlined with lucent clarity and precision, comprehensive in breadth whilst leaning toward the classical sources of Iranian Sufism: the essay by Dr Laleh Bakhtiar is a lucid and outstanding text and provides a thorough grounding in the bases before one is guided through a wealth of bejewelled Persian miniatures, flowing mystical calligrams of the Beautiful Names of Allah, graceful Quranic inscriptions, imaginal landscapes, mythic birds and beasts, holy gardens, fountains and paradaisical topographies, groundplans and sacred architectural schemas, esoteric numerical-geometric sequences - the skilful wedding of informative and compressed text with delectable visual material is a perfect vehicle through which to reveal the beauties and profundities of Islamic esoterism and Sufic gnosis, opening the contemplative eye to the Oriental Illumination of the Sun at Midnight beneath the Celestial Pole, under the guidance of the 'Philosopher's Angel': the author clearly delights in (a proclivity which I share to the full) the arcane elegance of esoteric diagrams with all their beguiling intricacies, from the horoscopic medieval Zairajah of alphanumerical symbolism, wheels of Sufi colour symbolism to the astral chart of Ibn 'Arabi's cycle of Beautiful Names, planetary heavens, lunar mansions and Arabic letters, scales of the Lataifa, Prophets, stations and degrees of the Tariqah of the Dervishes, the Arc of Ascent and of Return and many other riches, replete with copious citations and poetic verses from the Sufi masters strewn artfully like chatoyant gems throughout an illuminating and extremely attractive work on the Mystic Quest in classical...Read more ›
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By naomi warner on 18 Feb. 2014
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I have not had a chance to red through this yet but I expected a lot more pictures of Islamic art and found there were not many and that they were a little disappointing ,would have preferred to get the illustrated Rumi I think -oh well .
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A deep read in to the Sufi - Mystic Quest ,it's not for the beginners but it's must for the ones who are into Sufism. Laleh Bakhtiar knows what she is talking about.
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By john cannon on 19 Nov. 2014
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