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A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century – Martin Lings


A Sufi Book


ISBN (PAPERBACK): 978 0 946621 50 7
PRICE: £16.99

PAGES: 242
SIZE: 216 x 138mm
OTHER: Indexes. 5 illustrations.

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Book Description

‘Almost a prerequisite for any serious study of Sufism in European languages’: this was the verdict of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his review of the first edition of A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi his Spiritual Heritage and Legacy.

In this work, the author, Dr Martin Lings, presents a vivid picture of the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaykh Ahmad al-Alawi through a short biography by his French doctor and the translation of the Shaykh al-Alawi’s own autobiography. These are followed by expositions of the Shaykh al-Alawi’s teachings which are based on pure metaphysics and gnosis. Finally, Dr Martin Lings translates selections from Shaykh al-Alawi’s aphorisms and mystical poetry. The whole work immerses the reader in the world of North African Sufism both as an intellectual tradition and a living reality.

The late Dr Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript at the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of the best-selling title Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, and of What is Sufism?, The Book of Certainty, Sufi Poems: A Medieaval Anthology, and The Holy Qur’an: Translations of Selected Verses, all published by The Islamic Texts Society.

One of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar.


Journal of Near Eastern Studies.

‘A masterly study of a man whose sanctity recalled the golden age of medieval mystics. In this well documented book Dr Lings draws on many rare sources…and has made some important original contributions. ’
A. J. Arberry

‘What Martin Lings adds by way of commentary is of the greatest significance and may serve as a key to a deeper understanding of Islam as a whole.’
Titus Burckhardt