The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali

300 Pages

May 2022

ISBN: 9781479813216




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

Mario Kozah 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 al-Bīrūnī titled The Birth of Indology as an Islamic Science: Al-Bīrūnī’s Treatise on Yoga Psychology.

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

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is the foundational text of yoga philosophy, 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 rendering into English of the Arabic translation and commentary of 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. 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.