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Best Sufi Books to Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Sufi books.

1. The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish (2005)

Best Sufi Books to ReadPart meditation book, part oracle, and part collection of Sufi lore, poetry, and stories, offers a fresh interpretation of the fundamental spiritual practice found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools—the meditations on the 99 Qualities of Unity. Unlike most books on Sufism, which are primarily collections of translated Sufi texts, this accessible guide is a handbook that explains how to apply Sufi principles to modern life. With inspirational commentary that connects each quality with contemporary concerns such as love, work, and success, as…
Author(s): Neil Douglas-Klotz

2. Living Presence (Revised): The Sufi Path to Mindfulness and the Essential Self (2017)

Best Sufi Books to ReadIn Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, presence is the quality that describes a heart-filled state of mindfulness, an experience of being conscious in the present moment. It is only in this present moment, Sufi teachings reveal, that we can connect with the Divine, and the Divine can live through us.Kabir Helminski is one of the world’s most recognized teachers of Sufism. Named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims” in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Strategic Studies Center, Helminski and his teachings are touchstones for the growth in interest in Sufism, and his books…
Author(s): Kabir Edmund Helminski

3. The Sufis (2018)

Best Sufi Books to ReadWhen it first appeared in 1964, The Sufis was welcomed as the decisive work on the subject of Sufi Thought. Rich in scope, author Idries Shah explained clearly the traditions and philosophy of the Sufis to a Western audience for the first time. In the five decades since its release, the book has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and has found a wide readership in both East and West. Containing detailed information on the major Sufi thinkers, and literary characters, such as Nasrudin, it is regarded as a key work on both Sufism and Eastern Philosophy. A text in scores of leading…
Author(s): Idries Shah

4. Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the 99 Names of Allah (2011)

Best Sufi Books to ReadThis book takes the reader into the heart of the mystery of the 99 sacred Names of Allah. It is a vehicle for understanding the infinite nature of God, and for discovering the divine potential in every soul. It is also a guidebook for progressing through the stages of the spiritual path and an instruction manual for teachers on how to work with students more wisely, as physicians of the heart. In the process of this voyage to discovery, the reader is systematically exposed to the universal mysticism encoded in the Qur’an and in the classical Sufi traditions, as well as to a modern psychological approach that works with the 99 Names…
Author(s): Wali Ali Meyer , Bilal Hyde, et al.

5. The Lover: A Sufi Mystery (The Sufi Mysteries) (2019)

Best Sufi Books to ReadZaytuna just wants to be left alone to her ascetic practices and nurse her dark view of the world. But when an impoverished servant girl she barely knows comes and begs her to bring some justice to the death of a local boy, she is forced to face the suffering of the most vulnerable in Baghdad and the emotional and mystical legacy of her mother, a famed ecstatic whose love for God eclipsed everything. The Lover is a historically sensitive mystery that introduces us to the world of medieval Baghdad and the lives of the great Sufi mystics, washerwomen, Hadith scholars, tavern owners, slaves,…
Author(s): Laury Silvers

6. The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master by Ruzbihan Baqli (November 01,1997) ()

Best Sufi Books to ReadNoticeable wear to cover and pages. May have some markings on the inside. Fast shipping. Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials….
Author(s): Jan 1, 1657

7. The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (SUNY series in Islam) (1984)

Best Sufi Books to ReadThis is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning God and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, the need for religion, man’s ultimate becoming, the states and stations of the mystical ascent to God, and the means whereby literature employs symbols to express “unseen” realities. William Chittick translates into English for the first time certain aspects of Rumi’s work. He selects and rearranges Rumi’s poetry and prose in order to leave aside unnecessary…
Author(s): William C. Chittick

8. Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy (2013)

Best Sufi Books to ReadReveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis • Shows how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry • Explains how to transform the soul into the alchemical Magnum Opus by combining Masonic grips and the abbreviated letters of the Qur’an • Includes a detailed biography of Baron von Sebottendorff Originally published in Germany in 1924, this rare book by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis as well as how this order, also known as…
Author(s): von Sebottendorff, Baron Rudolf, Flowers Ph.D., Stephen E.

9. I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy (2006)

Best Sufi Books to ReadTo Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not “classical literature” from a remote past but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend that continues to be quoted in daily life. With uncanny insight, Hafiz captures the many forms and stages of love. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic’s “path of love”—a journey in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation.With this stunning collection, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of…
Author(s): Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky

10. Jesus the Sufi: The Lost Dimension of Christianity (Second Edition) (2018)

Best Sufi Books to ReadThis book presents Jesus as a representative of an ancient and continuing wisdom tradition identified with that of the Sufis. By his distinctive use of stories for teaching purposes, his sayings, and what the Sufis call “action teachings,” including those actions known as “miracles,” Jesus is shown to have been a quintessential Sufi master.Max Gorman shows how Sufism illuminates the concepts central to Christianity–the kingdom of Heaven, son of God, baptism, resurrection–which can be seen as states and stages in an evolutionary philosophy.This is a revised and updated edition of the author’s previous book…
Author(s): Max Gorman

11. The Way of the Sufi (Compass) (1991)

Best Sufi Books to ReadIn this wide-ranging anthology of Sufi writings, Idries Shah, who was one of Sufism’s leading exponents, offers a broad selection of poetry, contemplations, letters, lectures, and teaching stories that together form an illuminating introduction to this unique body of thought. Sufism, the mystical aspect of Islam, has had a dynamic and lasting effect on the literature of that religion. Its teachings, often elusive and subtle, aim at the perfecting and completing of the human mind. In contrast to certain other beliefs and philosophies, Sufism is continually evolving and progressing and is consequently…
Author(s): Idries Shah

12. Love Is a Fire: The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home (2000)

Best Sufi Books to ReadLove is a Fire is an introduction to the Sufi path of love, taking the reader into the passion and wisdom of this mystical tradition. The call of the heart and how it draws us back to divine union is one of mankind’s greatest secrets, and for the Sufi this love is a fire that burns away all traces of separation. Love is a Fire is based on live talks and meetings with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, who teaches how to live this burning. He describes the stages of the path of love on the soul’s journey home. This is a book for anyone drawn to the fire of divine love….
Author(s): Vaughan-Lee PhD, Llewellyn

13. The Sufi Science of Self-Realization: A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship and the Six Realities of the Heart (2018)

Best Sufi Books to ReadThe Sufi master Abu ‘l-Hasan al-Kharqani asserted that the human state contains seventeen chief ruinous traits, each of which resembles a great tree, with main branches, smaller branches, twigs and leaves, all laden with various kinds of negativity. At the same time, human beings were granted six tremendous powers from the Divine: the power of attraction; the power of manifesting God’s blessings; the power of intercession for those who oppress themselves; the power of directing the heart of seekers; the power of guidance; and the power to move in time and space. The path from submersion in the negative traits to the…
Author(s): Shaykh Muhammad Kabbani, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Haqqani

Best Sufi Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some sufi books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India

Author(s): Patton Burchett
Publisher: Columbia University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 37 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2400334

Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination

Author(s): Tony K. Stewart
Publisher: University of California Press, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2404852

Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th-21st Centuries

Author(s): Devin A. Deweese; Jo-Ann Gross
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2332339

Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan

Author(s): Benjamin Gatling
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2370230

Jihad in Premodern Sufi Writings

Author(s): Harry S. Neale
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1628152

Western Foundations of the Caste System

Author(s): Martin Fárek, Dunkin Jalki, Sufiya Pathan, Prakash Shah (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2066031

Asia’s Changing International Investment Regime: Sustainability, Regionalization, and Arbitration

Author(s): Julien Chaisse, Tomoko Ishikawa, Sufian Jusoh (eds.)
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2155046

Subjectivity in ʿAṭṭār, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism

Author(s): Claudia Yaghoobi
Publisher: Purdue University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2266647

Making Moderate Islam: Sufism, Service, and the "Ground Zero Mosque" Controversy

Author(s): Rosemary R. Corbett
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2294294

Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism

Author(s): Alexander Knysh
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2412106

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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