Robert Frager

James Fadiman, editors

HarperCollins, 1997

This is an excellent introduction to the writings of a great range of Sufi wisdom teachers who are part of this mystical stream of Islam.

Annemarie Schimmel

Shambhala Publications, 2001

Schimmel, internationally renowned Sufism scholar and Harvard professor emerita, takes the reader on a journey of Rumi's life and his spiritual path along with knowledgeable perspective on his poetry.

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Annemarie Schimmel

Carl W. Ernst, Foreword

University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Considered the best introduction to Sufism, the book is now in its thirty-five-year anniversary edition. Harvard professor and Sufism scholar Annemarie Schimmel follows the history of Sufism, the most significant branch of Islamic mysticism, from its origins and up through the nineteenth century, also examining its expression which is most familiar worldwide: poetry.

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Roger Allen

Shawkat M. Toorawa

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011

This introduction to Islam, edited by professors Allen and Toorawa, is organized by chapters, each written by a respected scholar.