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The Book of Certainty: Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis (Golden Palm) [Paperback]

Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din , Martin Lings
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31 May 1992 Golden Palm
'To express in the language of Sufism, that is, Islamic mysticism, some of the universal truths which lie at the heart of all religions' - this is the book's avowed purpose. It came into being because the author was asked by a friend to set down in writing what he considered to be the most important things that a human being can know. He was also asked to make it very easy, and despite the depth of all that it contains, it has in fact a remarkable simplicity and clarity, due no doubt to the constant use of traditional imagery which awakens and penetrates the imagination.

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946621373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946621378
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 11.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A wonderful, short and sweet discussion of symbols and the spiritual world...an important and significant window into the Sufi mode of speech.' -- Journal of Islamic Studies

'Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufic treatise, for, belonging as it does to our own time, it is easier for us to assimilate than are the treatises and commentaries of Sufis of old.' -- Islamic Quarterly

'This book is an excellent introduction to Sufism, highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well-written and in places really eloquent.' -- Islamic Culture, Hyderabad

‘Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufic treatise...’ -- Islamic Quarterly

‘This book is an excellent introduction to Sufism, highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well-written and in places really eloquent.’ -- Islamic Culture, Hyderabad

About the Author

Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of other works on Islamic mysticism, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century and What is Sufism?, both published by the Islamic Texts Society. He is also the author of Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, and Symbol and Archetype, published by Quinta Essentia, and the splendidly illustrated The Quranic Art of Calligraphy. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, also published by the Islamic Texts Society, has been internationally acclaimed as a masterpiece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 8 Oct 2009
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This esteemed & excellent book is a masterpiece.A must have item for people who are conscientious, determined, spriteful & motivated,who have a zest for activity.Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 May 2004
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I review this work with some trepidation. "Martin Lings" and "Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din" are the same person, incidentally; Lings embraced Islam and wrote this book in Egypt, where, he indicates, it has been translated into Arabic.
My impression can be summed up succinctly. To date, I have not encountered any other original work in a Western language that incorporates and reveals so much directly transmitted Sufi lore - not Guenon, not Henry Corbin, not Frithjof Schuon - and this despite the fact that this is a little book, less than 100 pages. I was a surprised to find such material in print, and I wonder if it should have been written at all, due to the possibility of misinterpretation.
But then, I am not qualified to pass judgment on such matters. The book requires multiple re-readings to obtain all that it has to offer - then set it aside, and read it again in a couple of months. In this unenlightened age, it is a treasure.
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