Now, for the very first time, we have at hand the entire curriculum of a Sufi saint. For more than a quarter of a century, Henry Bayman has been in close contact with the Sufi Masters of Central Anatolia. Most of that time was spent in the presence of the peerless Sufi teacher Mr. Ahmet Kayhan. Out of that association has emerged our closest glimpse yet of the famous (and hitherto mysterious) Oral Tradition of Sufism.
The author, combining the rigor of an anthropologist with the devotion of a disciple, has brought us a book that faithfully lays bare the entire range of teachings of the man who may come to be recognized as the Sufi Saint of the Age. It may well serve as the gold standard in Islamic and Sufi studies for years to come.
Prologue / The Wisdom Base. I General: Introduction / The foundation / Compassion and mercy / Universality / The door of hope / The audition / Four poles, four elements / Ethics / The mind and the heart / Faith / Courtesy / Political secularism / Knowledge/science, art / Closing the two doors / The base self / The Divine Law / Charity / Destiny / Death, afterlife, the Apocalypse / Miscellaneous topics. II The inward path: Sufism: Sufism / The beginning / The essence of Man / The paths (Orders) / Worship / The secret and the sublime. III Descent of the light (Who's Who in Islam): The prophets / The Prophet / The caliphs / The scholars / The saints / Chain. Epilogue / Appendix: Some important formulas / Index.
About the author:
Henry Bayman is a student of Sufism and an independent scholar who has lived in Turkey for many years. He is the author of three previous books on Sufism and Islam: The Station of No Station (2001), The Secret of Islam (2003) and The Black Pearl (2005).