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n xstyle="font-family: tahoma">1-The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God
Al-Ghazali
 Translated by David Burrell and Nazih Daher

The Islamic Texts Society(1995), paperback Index 205 pp

In this work, here presented in a complete English translation for the first time, the problem of knowing God is confronted in an original and stimulating way. Taking up the Prophet’s teaching that the ‘Ninety-nine Beautiful Names’ are truly predicated of God, the author explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept.

2- The Invocation of God


Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya

The Islamic Texts Society

120 pp

In describing al-Wabil al-Sayyib, here translated in to English for the first time as Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God, the author says, `We have mentioned [in it] nearly one hundred benefits of remembrance … This is a book of great usefulness.’
Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim, this treatise movingly details the many blessings of the remembrance of God. Through discussion of the ego, the nature of the body, the ephemerality of the world, the degrees of prayer, fasting, charity, and the purification of the heart, this beautiful written work is a genuine contribution to the Muslim spirituality. What makes this work of great interest is that it illustrates the devotional and spiritual life of author and the great interest he had in spirituality. This work is a significant addition to the knowledge of this important thinker; it sheds light on an aspect of his personality that is not often recognized and helps to balance and do justice to his writing and his thought.

3-Treasury of Traditional Wisdom

An Encyclopedia of Humankind’s Spiritual Truth

Whitall Perry

Quinta Essentia (1991), paperback Index 1144 pp.
 NewFons Vitae edition (2000)

This magnificent collection of texts taken from all of the orthodox sources was originally inspired by the need for asumma of the Philosophia Perennis. There is no other book comparable in scope to the present work, which forms a truly magisterial compendium of spiritual doctrine spanning four ages and the hemispheres. In the words of the anthologist, the reader is invited to enter upon a spiritual journey. In this book he will encounter the heritage he shares in common with all humanity, in what is essentially timeless and enduring and pertinent to his final end. Huston Smith, author ofThe Religions of Man, believes this book to be "foundational to the school of thought that affirms and explores the primordial tradition at the heart of all the great religious and philosophical traditions."

A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom is foundational to the school of thought that affirms and explores the primordial tradition at the heart of all the great religious and philosophical traditions, popularized by Aldous Huxley as the perennial philosophy. Perry's is the essential reference work, and it affords rich and vital reading.
Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

The reader, taken on a journey from the creation of the cosmos and the individual soul to final re-absorption in the Divine Source, is presented with the traditional stages of the soul's transformation. No matter which aspect of the Way is a concern, one is treated to such focused counsels as are found in Eckhart, Philo, Rumi, the Talmud, Shakespeare, Rama Krishna, Black Elk, The Psalms, the Tao Te Ching, and Milarepa, among so many others.

Regarding the dissolution/death of the ego, such issues encountered are the explication of separation, sin, suffering, illusion, detachment, humility--which are then followed by modes of spiritual combat, leading to metanoia.

Upon reaching the second stage of mercy and love, faith, prayer, meditation, contemplation, grace, charity, and ecstasy lead on to the state of Peace and Beauty. And, finally, the station of Union, Truth, and Knowledge is attained. Each of these topics and countless others are profoundly clarified by the contributions of the finest minds and hearts to have emerged from the world's many great civilizations.

A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom assists the reader in encountering the heritage shared with all humanity. For any person intent on truth, this compendium is both a source of reference and inspiration, offering what is essentially timeless, enduring, and pertinent to understanding the one, same Reality.

In our technological age where man's energies are directed almost solely toward what is either merely utilitarian or else frivolous (there being a close connection between the two), it is of the highest importance for those who can still think or reflect in what St. Augustine calls that "wisdom uncreate, the same now as it ever was, and shall be forevermore". It is the Wisdom which is man's priceless birthright, and that same Wisdom which shines forth in the pages of this book.

A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom is presented in three main divisions and six parts which are arranged in accordance with fundamental spiritual perspectives and the chapters in each part carry further developments of different possible approaches to the Truth.

"Indeed, everyone is not fit or capable of the knowledge of the eternal and temporal nature in its mysterious operation, neither is the proud covetous world worth to receive a clear manifestation of it; and therefore the only wise God (who giveth wisdom to everyone that asketh it aright of him) has looked up the jewel in his blessed treasury, which none can open but those that have the key; which is this, 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:' The Father will give the Spirit to them that ask him for it." From the Introduction

4-What is Civilization?
 And other essays
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Golgonooza Press (1989), 206 pp.

The scholarship of A.K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) is legendary. Indeed, he has been called one of the greatest intellectuals ("intellect"-the habit of first principles) of the modern era-and with good reason. The scope and penetration of his studies are beyond compare. Altogether his work is a veritable summa of the world's religions and cultures. But the awesome range and depth of his knowledge were never used for the purpose of anything like a personal philosophy. In expounding in unparalleled fashion the 'normal' and traditional doctrine of life, art, and worship as an expression of the common metaphysical doctrines of the world's sacred traditions, Coomaraswamy handled the diversity of his material as the varying dialects of a single, universal Truth.
"What is Civilisation?" brings together some twenty previously unpublished and uncollected papers of their author, many of them being among his most famous and seminal. It therefore represents a major addition not only to Coomaraswamy's published work but of those works that authentically interpret without compromise or distortion the metaphysical, spiritual, and symbolic dimensions of the Philosophia Perennis.

5-The Meccan Revelations

r: #017b79"> By: Muhyidin Ibn al- Arabi
Translated by William C. Chittick and James W. Morris

p;Paperback 384 pages
Edited by Michael Chodkiewicz

The luminous writings of Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi weave a vast mystic theology emerging from his own consummate spiritual realization. Because of the advanced nature of his teachings he has been known for 800 years as the Sheikh al-Akbar, or the Greatest Master. Even in recent years however, access to Ibn Arabi has been difficult and translation daunting. Previously only short extracts of this text were available in English.
The present volume translated and edited by some of the most esteemed and popular English speaking experts on Ibn Arabi, contains 22 key chapters of this Sufi “summa mystica”. These essays reveal spiritual secrets regarding subjects such as the Divine Names, the nature of spiritual experience, the end of time, the resurrection and the stages of the path that lead to sanctity. Even as it plumbs the depths Islamic philosophy, this great book soars beyond time, culture and any particular form of religion. Describing what is fundamental to our humanity, it is astonishingly universal. Finally readers in the West have an entrée into one of the most important and profound works of world literature.

r="#017b79">6-101 Diamonds
From the Oral Tradition of the Glorious Messenger Muhammad

#017b79">The Niche of Light
By Lex Hixon and Fariha al-Jerrahi

This exquisite collection of teachings, entitled The Niche of Lights in the original Arabic, was intuitively composed by Ibn al-“Arabi”, the 12th century sage commonly known as the Greatest Spiritual Master. This edition, the first full English translation to be published, is a contemplative expansion of Ibn al-Arabi’s text by a Sufi teacher, Lex Hixon (Nur al-Jerrahi) and his disciple, Fariha al-Jerrahi.  In fresh, poetic language, and with their own mystical passion, they bring these sacred diamonds of the Islamic tradition to the modern seeker.

“Lex Hixon is a rare combination of scholar and mystic.”

--Gnosis magazine

#017b79">7- IRSHAD
Wisdom of a Sufi Master

By: Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Al-Jerrahi
Introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Hardcover, 725 pp

TheIrshad is regarded by many as the most important work in Islamic spirituality for our time and a testament to the fact that Sufism is a living tradition. The work charts the Sufi spiritual path and discipline through discourse and dialogue, story and prayer, scriptural commentary and spontaneous mystical teachings in worship and action. The Irshad addresses not only Sufis, but all those who are attracted to the spiritual life and the truths that ultimately constitute the very fiber and substance of the human soul.

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