Revealed Grace: The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624)


Ahmad Sirhindi (d. 1624 in northern India), the most important sufi of the 16th century, is the founder-figure of the renowned Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi sufi lineage. His principal teachings are contained in his 1263-page Collected Letters, which are written mostly in Persian. There are few other sufi texts on a pan-Islamic level that have had and continue to have such a lasting impact on Muslims in the eastern Islamic world. Buehler’s translation is the first time that entire letters of Sirhindi’s Collected Letters have been translated into English. Now the English-speaking world has access to the spiritual experiences and contemplative practices of a great sufi, whose spiritual descendants make the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya one of the most influential sufi lineages in the contemporary world.

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The Letters of Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi are widely recognized as a remarkable and influential storehouse of Sufi experience and reflection. Arthur Buehler’s meticulous translation and explanation of these important yet difficult texts is a major contribution to the study of Islamic mysticism.


For Sufi Heirs: Sufi Heirs provides a useful theoretical approach to the connection between Muhammad's legendary example and the evolution of sufi religious authority. It is also an erudite new contribution to the literature on South Asian Sufism and the Naqshbandiyya order.
SHAHZAD BASHIR Stanford University in The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 1999), pp. 227-229
Relying on a good deal of field research as well as unusual written sources, Buehler offers fascinating glimpses into an otherwise largely inaccessible corner of contemporary Sufism. Specialists in Sufism particularly will find this a very useful study.
JOHN RENARD, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.