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Two Who Attained: Twentieth-Century Sufi Saints: Fatima al-Yashrutiyya & Shaykh Ahmad al-'Alawi

Two Who Attained: Twentieth-Century Sufi Saints: Fatima al-Yashrutiyya & Shaykh Ahmad al-'Alawi

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Rare glimpses of two 20th-century Sufi saints are offered in this work: the eminent Shaykh al-Alawi and the lesser-known woman saint Fatima al-Yashrutiyya, both of whom continued on the Sufi path even as they watched their world crumble. Shaykh al-Alawi's influence was pivotal to the spiritual development of Thomas Merton, who looked to al-Alawi's writings and teachings in his own practice. Fatima al-Yashrutiyya is a rare example of a literate Muslim woman living a public spiritual life. Readers will see a new side of the Sufi Path from her uncompromising viewpoint, and can catch an uncommon glimpse of life in the early 20th century for a spiritual seeker, writer, and self-educated woman in the Muslim world. These essays represent Islam in its esoteric dimension and raise issues of regional unrest and colonial intervention that are still relevant. Through the words of these two saints the world of the Sufi brotherhood is opened, revealing an underlying theme of the oneness of Allah.

DETAILS:

ISBN: 9781887752695
AUTHOR: Leslie Cadavid
BINDING: Paperback
PAGES: 287 pages
DIMENSIONS: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
PUBLISHER: Fons Vitae

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Leslie Cadavid has been working with the Arabic language since the age of 16. She attended London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, majoring in classical Arabic and Islamic art, and then Indiana University, majoring in near Eastern languages and cultures. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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