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O. M. Burke's first-hand account of his modern-day pilgrimage begins in a school built like a medieval rock fortress hidden in northern India. From there he takes the reader to monasteries where ancient lore is still taught, along the pilgrim road to forbidden Mecca and into the heart and mind of Asia.
Burke's experiences with living Sufis and their teachings, practices and actions clearly dispel the notion of Sufism as a phenomenon of the past.
Speaking several Oriental languages, traveling as a dervish pilgrim, O. M. Burke lived and studied with ancient communities in the Near and Middle East. This first-hand report is no ordinary book of travel.
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This is the record of a remarkable journey, the modern version of an old quest tale... Burke's journey began by his being accepted as a student in a monastery like a mediaeval rocky fortress hidden in north India, but was soon sent away from it to penetrate Mecca -- like Burckhardt and Richard Burton before him... Dervishhood is not a goal, as one takes formal vows in a monastery, or becomes a professor of cybernetics. It is a stage in a process, that of learning to be a Sufi..." -- Books and BookmenReview:
"Opens horizons that cause the mind to soar." -- Sunday Telegraph
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Book Description Octagon Pr, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0863040187
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0863040187