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Interior of a Mosque, by Jean-Leon Gerome [1870] (Public Domain Image)
Interior of a Mosque, by Jean-Leon Gerome [1870] (Public Domain Image)

Oriental Mysticism

by E.H. Palmer


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"The Universe is the mirror of God, and the heart of man is the mirror of the Universe."--p. 41

This is a concise study of the key concepts of Sufi philosophy, written by a western scholar in the mid-19th century. Palmer discusses the spiritual journey that Sufis take, the path to oneness with God. A very useful feature of this book is the glossary of poetic symbols used in Persian Sufi literature. Palmer also translated the Qur'an for the Sacred Books of the East in two volumes, also at this site here and here.

Title Page

Part I

Chapter I. Of the Traveller, the Goal, the Stages, and the Road
Chapter II. Of Law, Doctrine and Truth
Chapter III. Concerning the Perfect Man, and the Perfectly Free Man
Chapter IV. Concerning Fellowship and Renunciation
Chapter V. Concerning Attraction and Devotion
Chapter VI. Concerning Counsel

Part II

Chapter I.
Chapter II. Concerning the Attributes of God
Chapter III. Concerning the Works of God, Physically Considered
Chapter IV. Concerning the Works of God, Metaphysically Considered
Chapter V. Of the Four Universal Sources

Part III

Chapter I. The Saintly and Prophetic Offices Defined

Part IV

Chapter I. On the Influence of Early Prejudice Upon Belief

Part V. The Study of Man

Chapter I. Grounds For the Discussion
Chapter II. Of the Origin and Animal Development of Man
Chapter III. Of the Intellectual and Spiritual Development of Man.
Chapter IV. Of the Upward Progress or Ascent of Man
Chapter V. Conclusion