Jami, Nur-al-din ‘Abd-ur-rahman


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Lawā’ih: A Treatise on Sufism

Translated by E.H. Whinfield and Mīrzā Muhammad Kazvīnī with an Introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

This work by Nūr-al-dīn ‘Abd-ur-rahmān Jāmi is a reproduction of the 1928 edition published by the Royal Asiatic Society. It contains the full text and English translation as well as a new preface by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Jana needs little introduction. He is acknowledged to be one of the greatest poets of the Persian language, and ranks alongside Sanā’ī, Attār, Rumī, and Hāfiz. He was born near Herat in 817/1414, and became a renowned scholar mastering the traditional sciences of mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and theology. He became deeply committed to Sufism, and was an influential member of the Naqshbandiyyah Order. The spiritual instructions he was to receive in the Order from two masters, Sa’d al-Din Muhammad Kāshgharī and Khwājah Nasīr-al-Dīn Ahrār, were so to transform his very being, that he was able to create several masterpieces of Sufism of which Lawā’ih is a fine example.

In this work he brilliantly describes the doctrines of Ibn ‘Arabī and his school which had had such a profound influence on all aspects of Persian life. It is by no means simply a commentary on Ibn ‘Arabī, but as Hossein Nasr points out in his preface, “it is the fruit of vision made possible by spiritual discipline and the attainment of sanctity”.

Lawā’ih, Nūr-al-dīn ‘Abd-ur-rahmān Jāmi, Theosophical Publishing House, 1978

Hardback. Decimo. Blue cloth binding. Like new.