Friday, 27 June 2008

Women and Sufism

Women have played an important role on the Sufi path and continue to do so today. The favourite teacher of Ibn 'Arabi, the greatest Shaykh, was Fatima bint Ibn Muthanna. Ibn 'Arabi speaks of her in his Ruh al-Quds alongside several other Sufi saints of twelfth century Al-Andalus. There are quite a few books written about, and by, Sufi women which you can find in the bookstore. Among these are Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure by Camille Adams Helminski in which she brings examples through history to the present day with excerpts of the writing of these women. There are also books on Sufi women of America, early Sufi women who lived before the tenth century, and works on Islam and gender from a theological and philosophical aspect. Click here to browse the selection.

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Welcome to a Treasure Trove of Sufi Books and Music

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the Sufi Book and Music Blog. Step in and look around the many sections here that all relate to an aspect of Sufism. There are also DVD's of music from master musicians. If you know of any books that are not here then you are welcome to write and let me know so I can add them. The idea of this site is to bring together in one place as many books on the subject of Sufism as possible so that it is easier for you to discover what is available without doing long searches. So take your time and browse as you would in any library or book store. As I speak of the books available in the store so it is also an opportunity to look at different aspects of the Sufi path and the many friends who have trodden this path in the past and in the present day.