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Islamic Spirituality Collection (3 vols.)

By 3 authors Aaron Spevack Sohaib N. Sultan Ibrahim Gamard / SkyLight Paths / 2004–2012


Print: $54.97


Understanding the basics of various world religions is key to having a well-developed perspective on human history and contemporary culture.

Comprising the central texts of Islamic spirituality, this collection opens a window into Islamic thought, writing, culture, and more. Each volume presents a translation of the text and facing-page commentary, offering analysis and insight. Understand the meaning of the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad, learn about Sufi mysticism, and study the foundations of Islamic belief, ritual, and practice.

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Key Features

  • Comprises the central texts of Islamic spirituality
  • Includes commentary and analysis
  • Offers insight into Islam’s history and culture

Product Details

  • Title: Islamic Spirituality Collection
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 832

Individual Titles

The Qur’an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad

  • Translator: Yusuf Ali
  • Annotator: Sohaib N. Sultan
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 256

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Written by Muhammad in the sixth century CE, the Qur’an is the holy book of Islam. Sohaib N. Sultan’s commentary guides readers through the central themes of both the Qur’an and the collected sayings of Prophet Muhammad, known as hadith, illuminating their meaning.

A comprehensive but accessible introduction.... Assists the reader in grasping the basic issues that underlie the teachings of Islamic spirituality....

Monastic Interreligious Dialogue

A clear distillation of Islam’s essentials from the sources, this book should prove useful for any introduction to Islam. Recommended.


Sohaib N. Sultan is the Muslim life coordinator and chaplain at Princeton University. He is a graduate of the Hartford Theological Seminary. He is a public lecturer and writer on Islam, Muslim culture, and Muslim-Western relations.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872–1953) was a scholar of Islam from India who also studied in England. He served as vice chancellor of Islamia College in Lahore, Pakistan.

Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality: Selections from The Forty Foundations of Religion—Annotated & Explained

  • Translator: Aaron Spevack
  • Annotator: Aaron Spevack
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 336

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is one of the most influential thinkers of medieval Islam. His writings on the interrelation of law, theology and mysticism were central in establishing Sufism as a core dimension of orthodox Islamic practice. Today, many Muslim communities still base much of their practice of Islam on Ghazali’s writings. The Forty Foundations of Religion, Ghazali’s own summary of his best-known work, The Revival of the Religious Sciences, outlines the basis of Islamic belief, ritual, and practice.

Professor Spevack’s translation will be of value not only to students interested in al-Ghazali and Islamic traditions, but also to students of global spiritual and ethical traditions who are seeking a concise introduction to Islam.

—Scott Girdner, assistant professor, Randolph-Macon College

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058–1111) was a Muslim theologian, philosopher, and mystic. He is generally regarded as the most influential thinker of medieval Islam.

Aaron Spevack is assistant professor of religion at Colgate University. He received his PhD at Boston University. His other works include Apples and Oranges: The Logic of the Early and Later Logicians, Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, and Al-Bujuri.

Rumi & Islam: Selections from his Stories, Poems and Discourses

  • Author: Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  • Translator: Ibrahim Gamard
  • Annotator: Ibrahim Gamard
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 240

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The lyric and wisdom poetry of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi has been read throughout the Middle East and Asia for over 700 years. Rumi and Islam—Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses examines the themes of Rumi’s poetry and its place within the Sufi tradition of Islam.

Dr. Ibrahim Gamard, after painstaking research from classical Persian texts, has masterfully managed to assemble wonderful summaries, quotations, and a wealth of important information in one book.

—Ravan Farhadi, former professor of history of Persian classics, University of California at Berkeley

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273) was a poet, scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have had enduring popularity for over seven centuries, and are widely read by the Persian speakers of Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan. His works include Maṭnawīye Ma'nawī (Spiritual Couplets), Dīwān-e Kabīr (Great Work), and Majāles-e Sab’a (Seven Sessions).

Ibrahim Gamard is a member of the Mevlevi Order, a 730-year-old Sufi order which originated with Rumi himself.