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The Book of Certainty


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Table of Contents

Preface 1 The Truth of Certainty 2 The Garden of the Spirit 3 The Eye of Certainty 4 The Lore of Certainty 5 The Gardens of the Heart and the Soul 6 The Fall 7 The Symbol 8 The Four Worlds 9 The Waters 10 The Creator of the Pairs 11 The Symbolism of Marriage 12 The Sun and the Moon 13 The Seal of Solomon 14 The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil 15 The Narrow Gate 16 The Covenant 17 The Caravan of Winter 18 The Caravan of Summer

About the Author

Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din (Dr Martin Lings) (d. 2005), formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript at the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of the best-selling title Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, and of What is Sufism?, The Book of Certainty, Sufi Poems, and The Holy Qur'an: Translations of Selected Verses, all published by the Islamic Texts Society.


'The publishers claim this volume to be 'the first authentic modern account of Sufic teaching written from within'. Every page bears out this claim, for the author is steeped in the esoteric teaching of the sufi sheikhs... It is both enjoyable and instructive to peruse his little volume.'
-- Prof. A. J. Arberry
'This book is an excellent introduction to Sufism, highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well-written and in places really eloquent.'

'Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufic treatise, for, belonging as it does to our own time, it is easier for us to assimilate than are the treatises and commentaries of Sufis of old.'

'A wonderful, short and sweet discussion of symbols and the spiritual world... an important and significant window into the Sufi mode of speech.'

'There are indeed few works known to the author of this review which, in so small a space and in a manner so vivid and so free from abstruseness, have been able to present the basic ideas required by one minded to engage in the spiritual course with full intent and not merely out of that passing interest which stops short at theory.'
-- Marco Pallis

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