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ISBN: 0939660520
Author: Michaela M Ozelsel
Language: English
Publisher: Threshold Books (September 7, 1996)
Pages: 224
Category: Islam
Subcategory: Religion
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by Michaela M. Özelsel. Published 1996 by Threshold Books in Brattleboro, VT. Written in English.

by Michaela M. Includes bibliographical references.

An excerpt from Forty Days The Diary of a Traditional Solitary Sufi Retreat With an Accompanying Scientific . The unpredictability of each day’s progress has become almost predictable: days that begin in banality often end with important insights

Day 8. In the morning, the ezan, actually a choir of muezzins, is particularly lovely. Because of the widely differing starting times it goes on for almost 20 minutes. The unpredictability of each day’s progress has become almost predictable: days that begin in banality often end with important insights. Days that start promisingly mostly end up quite the opposite! Feel pretty weak physically, spend part of the morning drifting back and forth between sleep and exhaustion.

The Diary of a Traditional Solitary Sufi Retreat. By Michaela M Ozelsel. Voluntarily confined to a sparsely furnished room amid the bustle of Istanbul, Michaela Özelsel will occupy her time with reading the Qur’an and works of Rumi and Ibn ‘Arabi, and with praying and practicing the powerful Sufi exercise known as zhikr, the rhythmic repetition of names of God or other sacred formulas, accompanied by movements of the head or body. Voluntarily confined to a sparsely furnished room amid the bustle of Istanbul, Michaela Özelsel will occupy her time with reading the Qur'an and works of Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and with praying and practicing the powerful Sufi exercise known as zhikr, the rhythmic repetition of names of God or other sacred formulas, accompanied by movements of the head or body.

Forty days: The diary of a traditional solitary Sufi retreat. Brattlcboro, VT: Threshold Books. Pendlebury, D. L. (1974). The walledgarden of truth by FL Sanai (D. Pendlebury, Trans. A treasury of traditional wisdom. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Forty Days: The Diary of a Traditional Solitary Sufi Retreat. A great book for those who want to understand Sufism more. One person found this helpful.

See especially Michaela Ozelsel, Forty Days: The Diary of a Traditional Solitary Sufi Retreat (Brattleboro, VT: Threshold Books, 1996)Google Scholar. Irina Tweedie, Daughter of Fire: A Diary of Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master (Nevada City, CA: Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1986). Frances Trix, Spiritual Discourse: Learning with an Islamic Master (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993). Desiderio Pinto, Piri-Muridi Relationship: A Study of the Nizamuddin Dargah (Delhi: Manohar, 1995). Putney: Threshold Books. A Report on the 1993 Parliament of World's Religions. The book analyses the function and representation of Nature in a wide range of Cold War texts, and reveals the prevalence of portrayals of Nature as an infinite, interdependent ecological system in American literature written between 1945 and 1971

This is a woman's firsthand account of a Sufi halvet, a forty-day retreat conducted in complete isolation, along with strict fasting from sunrise to sundown. Voluntarily confined to a sparsely furnished room amid the bustle of Istanbul, Michaela Özelsel will occupy her time with reading the Qur'an and works of Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and with praying and practicing the powerful Sufi exercise known as zhikr, the rhythmic repetition of names of God or other sacred formulas, accompanied by movements of the head or body. In intimate detail Dr. Özelsel shares her experiences as she strives to attain true "Islam" in its meaning of surrender or unconditional acceptance of the will of God. Her daily journal ranges over the frustrations of noisy neighbors, power outages, and a poorly heated room; her inner longings, doubts, and memories of the life course that has brought her to this moment; and the most inspirational philosophical insights, dreams and visions, and ecstatic raptures. The second half of the book is devoted to the author's psychological and cultural commentary on her experiences, including observations about the methods of Sufi schooling, sexuality and spirituality, and the relationship with the spiritual guide. Forty Days is unique in the literature of spiritual education because it is informed by her knowledge of contemporary research from several disciplines, thus creating a bridge between ancient wisdom and scientific investigation.

Comments:

Dagdage
MICHAELA OZELSEL deserves our credit on revealing us to the most private moments that she experienced during her taking a 40 days Sufi retreat. Several books on various Sufi practices are available but most of these books talk about the descriptive and/or prescriptive side of these practices. This book details a witnessing of thoughts, feelings, and events that Dr. Ozelsel experienced herself. This book is unique as it exposes to the reader firsthand experiences (away from theories on this subject) of this Sufi practice. In the second half of this book Dr. Ozelsel tries to map her experiences in the light of contemporary multi-disciplinary scientific knowledge. This second half is just like looking into traditional and sacred practices from scientific looking glass. This book is very original and it is hard to putdown till one completes the diary portion of this book.
Sarin
This is an account of the mystical experience of a western trained psychologist who underwent the 40-day seclusion practiced by many sufi orders. What we usually find in the sufi literature are the accounts of sufi sheikhs on their seclusions, which are typically shrouded in allegorical discourse. That's why this is an interesting book. Although the later part of the book where she tries to put her mystical experience in a scientific perspective is misconceived, to say the least.
Skiletus
wonderful and highly useful book
Gugrel
Great and nice book

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