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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Fons Vitae,US; Translation edition (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887752625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887752626
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The direct style, clarity and manner in which Ibn Ata' Allah writes, capturing our hearts with fables, poetry and illuminating scripture, has the feeling that someone has literally recorded, word for word, his oral teachings. Subtle issues of central concern to achieving centredness of being and purity of heart are easy to grasp. As a medieval author, he is most attentive to the psychological working of our human ego. He marshals Islamic resources that can confront and overcome it.

About the Author

Shaykh Ahmad Ibn 'Ata' Allah Al-Iskandari, one of the greatest spiritual masters of the thirteenth century, was both a Muhaddith and a Maliki jurist whose works became basic training manuals for aspirants across North Africa. A student of al-Mursi, he was the second to succeed Imam Abul-Hasan, the founder of the Shadhili Order, which continues to this day. His work made an inestimable contribution to elucidating the principles and practices of Sufism.

Scott Kugle is a professor at Swarthmore College.

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