The Book of Certainty: The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis (Islamic Texts Society)

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'To express in the language of Sufism, that is, Islamic mysticism, some of the universal truths which lie at the heart of all religions'—this is the book's avowed purpose. It came into being because the author was asked by a friend to set down in writing what he considered to be the most important things that a human being can know. He was also asked to make it very easy, and despite the depth of all that it contains, it has in fact a remarkable simplicity and clarity, due no doubt to the constant use of traditional imagery which awakens and penetrates the imagination.

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Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of other works on Islamic mysticism, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century and What is Sufism?, both published by the Islamic Texts Society. He is also the author of Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, and Symbol and Archetype, published by Quinta Essentia, and the splendidly illustrated The Quranic Art of Calligraphy. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, also published by the Islamic Texts Society, has been internationally acclaimed as a masterpiece.

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"This book is an excellent introduction to Sufism, highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well-written and in places really eloquent."  Islamic Culture, Hyderabad


"Wonderful, short and sweet discussion of symbols and the spiritual world...important and significant window into the Sufi mode of speech." —Journal of Islamic Studies


"Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufic treatise."  Islamic Quarterly

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