Solomon's Ring The Life and Teachings of a Sufi Master Gul Hasan, Hasan Askari

Sacred Literature Trust Series
Publication date:
25 May 2010
Yale University Press
256 pages: 229 x 152mm

Stories from the rick folk tradition of India told by the 19th century Sufi master, Ghuath Ali Shah, and recorded by his disciple, Gul Hasan, are available here for the first time in English translation. In the vision of this great master, the Islamic and Hindu faiths are celebrated as paths to the one goal, and power by which we are given the free will to make our own destiny. For students of religion, Solomon's Ring provides an introduction to Sufism through one of its most important texts. For students of Asian history, it opens a window onto the tumultuous religious world of 19th century India. And for anyone seeking to understand what is universal and what is particular in a religious tradition, the teachings of Ghuath Ali Shah shed new light.

Professor Hasan Askari was a scholar of religion and translator of sacred texts. He was the author of many books and articles on aspects of religion.