The Principles of Sufism
'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 twentieth century. Yet despite her
extraordinary literary and religious achievements, 'A'ishah al-Ba'uniyyah
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
"An outstanding example of superb translation and editing."
— Journal of Religious Studies
"Homerins 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
"With this masterful edition and translation ofThe 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"
"Brings to English-speaking audiences a fascinating piece written by one of the most remarkable figures of post-classical Islam."
— Journal of Sufi Studies
"This bi-lingual editionbrings to English readership a rare feast: a short treatise on four fundamentals of the Sufi pathRepentance, Sincerity, Remembrance, and Lovestrung together with copious quotations from the works of great masters"
— Islamic Sciences
"Th. Emil Homerins recent contribution to the field of Sufi studies and Islamic studies generally is his discovery of & Aishah al-Bauniyyahthis truly remarkable mystical poetess whose mastery of Sufi poetic diction, intellectual tradition and imagery is fascinating."
— Der Islam
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