Sufism has always intrigued me. Though the only association I have had with them is the fact that I like Sufi music which somewhere touches your soul. The concept of ‘Ishq’ which probably is a different plane of existence. So, I picked up this book The Sufi Mystery, which to my inquisitive mind is a mystery. But incidentally, it remains that way even after reading the book.
This book is a collection of various essays written by various people on Sufism. Some chapters cover the Sufi movement in various regions in which they existed or exist. Different sects within them (I never thought even they would have sects). The rituals that they follow, the dances that they perform, and their philosophy. They have been also compared to other established religions. While I do not think Sufism, like Sanatan Dharma, is a religion in itself.
There is a lot of effort to explain the Urdu and Pharsi words or terms that are used in the Sufi world. All these words have an air of mysticism around them and that adds to the aura of Sufi mysticism. I am not sure if I can recommend this book The Sufi Mystery to anyone, as I could not gather and gain much after going through it.
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