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The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition (Hardcover)

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The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world's fastest-growing religion. Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam. This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of God as the only valid form of adoration. Sufism has made significant contributions to Islamic civilization in music and philosophy, dance and literature. The Sufi poet Rumi is the bestselling poet in America. But in recent centuries Sufism has been a target for some extremist Islamic movements as well as many modernists. The Garden of Truth presents the beliefs and vision of the mystical heart of Islam, along with a history of Sufi saints and schools of thought.

In a world threatened by religious wars, depleting natural resources, a crumbling ecosystem, and alienation and isolation, what has happened to our humanity? Who are we and what are we doing here? The Sufi path offers a journey toward truth, to a knowledge that transcends our mundane concerns, selfish desires, and fears. In Sufism we find a wisdom that brings peace and a relationship with God that nurtures the best in us and in others.

Noted scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr helps you learn the secret wisdom tradition of Islam and enter what the ancient mystics call the "garden of truth." Here, liberate your mind, experience peace, discover your purpose, fall in love with the Divine, and find your true, best self.

About the Author


Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the Series Editor of the Great Books of the Islamic World, is a prolific writer and well known lecturer on topics such as Islamic Science and Man and Nature and the Environmental Crisis.

Praise For…


“Despite the popularity of Sufism, few books provide an overview of this mystical branch of Islam— a void Nasr fills nicely with this concise primer. . . . a wise and tantalizing overview.”
-Publishers Weekly

The Sufi mystical heart of Islam is one of the few antidotes to fundamentalism in the Muslim world, and here Nasr looks at the human spiritual quest for the paradisiacal divine garden from a Sufi perspective . . . Eloquent, elegant, and lucid.
-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060797225
ISBN-10: 0060797223
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: September 18th, 2007
Pages: 256
Language: English