The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

224 Pages

October 2020

ISBN: 9781479804139

$30.00

Hardcover

Authors

Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī (d. ca. 442/1050) was an accomplished Iranian scholar and polymath.

Mario Kozah B.A. Hons., M.A., Ph.D. (Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge) is Director of Islamic Studies and teaches Arabic and Syriac language and literature at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), the American University of Beirut. His publications include a monograph on the Muslim polymath Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī: The Birth of Indology as an Islamic Science: Al-Bīrūnī’s Treatise on Yoga Psychology.

A brilliant cross-cultural Arabic interpretation of a key text of yoga philosophy

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is the foundational text of yoga philosophy to this day and is still used by millions of yoga practitioners and students worldwide. Written in a question-and-answer format, The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali deals with the theory and practice of yoga and the psychological question of the liberation of the soul from attachments.

This book is a new edition and translation into English of the Arabic translation and commentary on this text by the brilliant eleventh-century polymath al-Bīrūnī. Given the many historical variants of the Yoga Sutras, his Kitāb Bātanjali is important for yoga studies as the earliest translation of the Sanskrit text. It is also of unique value as an Arabic text within Islamic studies, given the intellectual and philosophical challenges that faced the medieval Muslim reader when presented with the intricacy of composition, interpretation, and allusion that permeates this translation.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.