The Principles of Sufism

224 pages

February, 2014

ISBN: 9780814745281

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ʿAʾishah al-Baʿuniyyah (d. 923 H/1517 AD) of Damascus was one of the great women scholars in Islamic history. A mystic and prolific poet and writer, ʿAʾishah composed more works in Arabic than any other woman before the 20th century.

Th. Emil Homerin is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion & Classics at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature, and mysticism. Homerin completed his Ph.D. with honors at the University of Chicago ('87), and he has lived and worked in Egypt and Turkey for a number of years.

?A?ishah al-Ba?uniyyah (d. 923 H/1517 AD) of Damascus was one of the great women scholars in Islamic history. A mystic and prolific poet and writer, ?A?ishah composed more works in Arabic than any other woman before the 20th century. Yet despite her extraordinary literary and religious achievements, ?A?ishah al-Ba?uniyyah remains largely unknown. For the first time her key work, The Principles of Sufism, is available in English translation.
 
The Principles of Sufism is a mystical guide book to help others on their spiritual path. She recounts the fundamental stages and states of the spiritual novice’s transformative journey, emphasizing the importance of embracing both human limitations and God’s limitless love. Drawing on lessons and readings from centuries-old Sufi tradition, ?A?ishah advises the seeker to repent of selfishness and turn to a sincere life of love. In addition to his lucid translation, Th. Emil Homerin provides an insightful introduction, notes and a glossary to ?A?ishah al-Ba?uniyyah’s remarkable account of the pursuit of mystical illumination.

Reviews

  • “With this masterful edition and translation of The Principles of Sufism, Homerin makes available to the English-reading public the most important work of al-Baʿuniyyah, a 16th-century scholar and mystic who lived in Damascus for most of her life. […] Homerin's elegant and readable translation is made especially valuable by the side-by-side presentation of the Arabic and English texts. He offers a brief overview of al-Baʿuniyyah's life and work, positioning her as one of the greatest women scholars in Muslim history.”

    Choice

  • "An outstanding example of superb translation and editing."

    Journal of Religious Studies

  • "Brings to English-speaking audiences a fascinating piece written by one of the most remarkable figures of post-classical Islam."

    Journal of Sufi Studies

  • “Homerin’s work is an outstanding example of superb translation and editing.  Homerin offers the original Arabic manuscript in addition to his translation, which brings to life and grants direct access into the subtleties of original language for non-Arab readership.”

    Journal of Religion History

  • “This bi-lingual edition…brings to English readership a rare feast: a short treatise on four fundamentals of the Sufi path—Repentance, Sincerity, Remembrance, and Love—strung together with copious quotations from the works of great masters…”

    Islamic Sciences

  • “Th. Emil Homerin’s recent contribution to the field of Sufi studies and Islamic studies generally is his discovery of ‘A’ishah al-Ba’uniyyah—this truly remarkable mystical poetess whose mastery of Sufi poetic diction, intellectual tradition and imagery is fascinating.”

    Der Islam