About The Book
This is the first English translation of Miftah al-
Written in a clear, lucid style, it offers a glimpse into the Sufi world of the 7th Islamic century and allows us to see almost at first hand how the novice was guided by the Sufi Shaykh and, above all, the purpose and preparation involved in engaging in the invocation,
Ibn Ata' Allah sets out to define it, to explain its nature and power, to show its results and to prove that it is part of the Prophet's
About The Author
He is credited with having authored the first systematic treatise on dhikr, The Key to Salvation (Miftah al-Falah), but is mostly known for his compilation of aphorisms, the Hikam al-
The wide circulation of Ibn ‘Ata‘ Allah's written works led to the spread of the Shadhili order in
Ibn ‘Ata‘ Allah was one of those who confronted the controversial theologian Ibn
About The Translator
Mary Ann Koury-Danner, currently Area Specialist for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University Library, has already won two awards for the translation of The Key to Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation.
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