Unisa Press

Spiritual Path, Spiritual Reality

Selected Writings of Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar

Author: Yousuf Dadoo and Auwais Rafudeen
Published: January 30, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-77615-055-7
Number of pages: 200
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About the book

A prominent mystic and renowned anti-colonial warrior from Indonesia, Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar (1626–1699), was exiled to South Africa where he played a pioneering role in laying the foundations of Islam. Offering a rich translation of Shaykh Yusuf’s Arabic writings, Spiritual Path, Spiritual Reality fills an important gap on the works devoted to the spiritual dimension in the Muslim intellectual archive. The introduction gives insight into his life and an understanding of how his mysticism was connected to his political engagement. Focusing on Islamic mysticism – known as Ṣūfīsm – Spiritual Path, Spiritual Reality covers areas of spiritual discipline of the self, metaphysics and gnostic knowledge. The style is pedagogical with an instructive tone in keeping with the Ṣūfī path.

About the authors/Editors

Yousuf Dadoo, Emeritus Professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa), has taught and headed Arabic and Islamic Studies at Unisa for 29 years. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications and supervised more than 30 masters and doctoral students.

Auwais Rafudeen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Arabic at Unisa where he specialises in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He has published on various aspects of Islam in South Africa.

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