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History of Tasawwuf or Sufism - The Major Works

History of Tasawwuf or Sufism 

There is so much of confusion and controversy surrounding Sufism with some Muslims considering it to be an essential part of Islam while others considering it to be a rejected innovation. 

The Following are Essential in order to understand and explores in detail the history and the sources of Sufism. 

All these great Classics are now available in The English Language. 

Hence this is an invaluable for anyone wanting to have a deeper insight into Sufism and the texts of spirituality. 


​Al-Risala al-Qushayriyya (Al-Qushayri's Epistle on Sufism) By 'Abd al-Karim al-Qushayri al-Naysaburi (d. 465 AH) 

This is possibly the most Important Book in the Study of Sufism, there are two good English Translations

Al-Qushayri's Epistle on Sufism : Al-risala Al-qushayriyya Fi 'ilm Al-tasawwuf (Great Books of Islamic Civilization) By Abul -Qasim Al-Qushayri, Translator : Alexander D. Knysh
Sufi Book of Spiritual Ascent - al-Risala al-Qushayriya (Abridged), Principles of Sufism By Imam Al Qushayri, Translator: Rabia Harris 


Ihya Ulum al-din (The Revival of Religious Sciences) By Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (d. 510 AH) 

Imam Ghazali truly revived Islamic Sciences with his Ihya Ulum al-din.

Now for the First time there is a complete English translation Published in Lebanon.

Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum id Din New English Complete Translation

The Above is a voluminous work so perhaps the best option for the layman would be the one of the following:

An excellent summary in very good English (Far better than the Fazlul Karim, Indian Abridged translation)

Mukhtasar Ihya Ulum Ad-din Abridged By Imam Al-ghazali Himself

 


or the very affordable and excellent English translation of Imam Al Ghazali’s Adapted Summary of Ihya Ulum al-Din

 

​Al-Ghazali's Forty Principles of the Religion (Al- Arba'in Fi Usul ad-Din) 

 

For the more scholarly there are the academic translations of individual books published by Islamic Texts Society and Other Publishers:- 

Al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum id Din: Fazlul Karim, English Abridged, Indian Print

Al-Ghazali on Conduct in Travel: Book 17 of Ihya Ulum al-Din

 
 

Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness

 

Imam Al-Ghazali,On the Elucidation of The Marvels of the Heart

 

Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul & Breaking the Two Desires

Al-Ghazali on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment 

 

Al-Ghazali on Patience and Thankfulness Kitab al-sabr wa'l-shukr

Al-Ghazali on Invocations and Supplications, ITS

Al-Ghazali On The Lawful & The Unlawful - Book 14 Ihya Ulum

 

Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating: D Johnson

 

Al Ghazali on The Remembrance of Death & The Afterlife

 

 

 

The Mysteries of Worship in Islam:- From Al Ghazali's Ihya Ulum

Al-Ghazali - The Secrets of Pilgrimage, Tr: Ibrahim Umar, IBT

Marriage and Sexuality in Islam By Imam al-Ghazali :- From Ihya

Moral & Religious Teachings of Al Ghazali By Nawab Ali

The Mysteries of Purity By Imam Al-Ghazali, Kitab Asrar ATahara

Tauba(Repentance) From Imam GHAZALI'S Ihya Ulum-id-Din

Inner Dimensions Of Islamic Worship: From Ghazali's Ihya

Al-Ghazali's Kitab al Ilm, The Book Of Knowledge from Ihya

Al-Ghazali : Fear and Hope (From Ihya Ulum al-Din)

Al-Ghazali: Faith and Practice (Munqidh & Bidayatul Hidayah)

Al-Ghazali The Alchemy of Happiness, Translated By Claud Field

Sublime Etiquettes And Mannerisms Of Nabi |S| From Ihya Ulum

The Proper Conduct of Marriage in Islam: Imam Al-Ghazali. Adab An-Nikah

The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam: From Ihya of Imam Ghazali

Imam Al-Ghazali on Repentance Kitab al-Tawbah From Ihya Ulum Al-Din


Masnavi al-Ma'navi (Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning) By Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (d. 723 AH) 


Kitab al-Hikam (Book of Aphorisms) By Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari (d. 709 AH) 

The Book of Aphorisms: Ibn Ata'illah's Kitabu al-Hikam

 

Book of Wisdoms, Kitab Al-Hikam By Ibn 'Ata'illah al-Iskandari

 

​Refinement of Souls: Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Sakandari (Taj al-'Arusal-Hawi li Tahdhib al-Nufus)

 


Talbis Iblis (The Devil's Deception) By Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 AH)

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