The luminous presence of women who follow the Sufi Way—the mystical path of Islam—is brought to life here through their sacred songs and poetry, their dreams and visions, and stories of their efforts as they witness the Truth in many realms. These writings reflect the honor and respect for the feminine in the Sufi worldview, and they are shared in the spirit of inspiration and hope for the flourishing contributions of women to the spiritual development of humanity.
Spanning the centuries, from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, the selections are by or about an array of Sufi traditions in different parts of the world, from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to Europe and America—from beloved members of the Prophet's family to the mystic Rabi'a al-Adawiyya to the modern scholar Annemarie Schimmel. Biographical anecdotes and personal memoirs provide a glimpse into the experience of great saints and contemporary practitioners alike, while providing an introduction to the principles and practices of Sufism.
About the Author
Camille Helminski is a founder and director of the Threshold Society. She is a coauthor of "Jewels of Remembrance: 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi "and "Rumi: Daylight," and the" "author of "Women of Sufism," She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Camille Adams Helminski is cofounder and codirector of the Threshold Society in Aptos, California, an educational foundation in the Mevlevi tradition based on the teachings of Rumi. She was the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur'an into English, in her book "The Light of Dawn." Among her other translations are "Mevlevi Wird: The Prayers Recited Daily by Mevlevi Dervishes," "Rumi Daylight" and "Jewels of Remembrance" (with Kabir Helminski), and "Awakened Dreams" and "Mevlevi Ayins" (with Refik Algan). She holds and honorary doctorate in Arabic from the University of Damascus and the World Union of Writers (Paris).
"A rich and varied resource for understanding women of 'The Way.'"—Publishers Weekly
"The intensity and the eclectic range of the material is impressive. . . . Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure reveals the depth and breadth of spiritual riches within this mystical tradition."—Spirituality & Health
"An admirable job of bringing history to life . . . a book that can be read with rapture, browsed, used for scholarly reference, or as an inspiring source to deepen our knowledge of Sufism by the examples and teachings of these beautiful and wise Sufi women."—Sufism
"A great resource for understanding women's ongoing search for the Divine."—Ascent
"Women of Sufism is a valuable addition to Sufi literature and women's spiritual studies. Camille Helminski awakens us to the important contribution of women to this mystical tradition."—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., author of Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart