Fear and Hope
Author: Imam Al-Ghazali
Translated: William McKane
This is a translation of the third book from the fourth volume of Imam al-Ghazali’s magnum opus Ihya Ulum al-Din, concerning the means of salvation, that is, the techniques or therapies by which the cure of the soul is achieved. The principle objective is to outline the salutary employment of fear and hope in the cure of the soul. The book deals with a topic of pastoral psychology and is a good sample of the work of Imam al-Ghazali in so far as it illustrates some of the reasons why he has attained so commanding a position within Islam and exercised so great an influence on the course of theological thought.
The Life and Work of Jalal-ud-din Rumi
Author: Afzal Iqbal
Rumi is perhaps the only example in world literature of a devoted prose writer who suddenly burst forth into poetry during middle age to become a truly great mystical poet for all time. This book, a long-overdue reckoning of his life and work, begins with a description and examination of the living conditions in 13th-century Persia. Building on this context, Afzal Iqbal proceeds to fully analyze the formative period of Rumi’s life leading up to 1261–when he began the monumental work of writing the Mathnawi. Toward the end of the book, Iqbal more generally investigates Rumi’s thought and includes translations of those portions of the Mathnawi that have been hitherto unavailable in English. Combining an unparalleled familiarity with the source material, a total and critical understanding of the subject, and a powerful and readable prose style, this is an extraordinary study of a truly remarkable poet and mystic.
The Book of Aphorisms
Author: Ibn Ata'illah
Translation of Kitab al-Hikam by Muhammed Nafih Wafy
This book is one of the more widely distributed works of Ibn ‘Ata’illah and serves as an ethical guide to those seeking God. It is a collection of short spiritual sayings each containing profound meaning driven from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and deals with issues related to tawhid, ethics and day-to-day conduct.
The Road to Mecca
Author: Muhammad Asad
Muslim statesman and scholar Muhammad Asad tells the story of his road to discovery of Islam and his travels in Muslim lands, including those to Palestine, TransJordan, Arabia, North Africa, Turkey, and Persia, with the Saud family, with the Shah of Iran, and his own spiritual journey. An important book on Islam and its place in modern society.