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Sufi Talks

Teachings of an American Sufi Sheihk
Paperback Book
Quest Books
July, 2012
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You don't have to be a Sufi to find inspiration in these lively talks given by one of the best-known Western Sufi teachers, Robert Frager. Compiled from weekly sessions with students and full of engaging stories, they represent Sufism as it is practiced in the modern West. Frager, a student himself of the Sufi master Muzaffer Efendi, believes that the wisdom in such talks flows through a long line of teachers directly from God. They are not lectures but living connections between heart and heart.

Frager, an American psychology professor and sheikh of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi order, presents a number of discrete but interconnected sohbets, or conversations, on a variety of religious topics, from Ramadan and marriage to the soul and narcissism, with a special focus on living the ego-free life of a disciple. Liberally drawing from Zen Buddhism, Judaism, mainstream Islam, and his psychology background, Frager’s knowledge of his order is impressive and instructive to all, and his insights are often striking. 

The book feels authentically conversational, and makes reading almost meditative, as does several question-and-answer sessions. Frager is a wise teacher concerned with both the practical and spiritual well-being of his students, and his balance of abstract principles and obscure historical fables with personal experiences from his own Sufi group in California keeps the book’s traditional form fresh and original.

To answer the great perennial question, “How can I put my knowledge into practice?” Frager teaches practices ranging from Right Action and Inner Work to Prayer, Marriage, and Hospitality.

“A generous river of a book, flowing with many stories about the great Sufi Shekh Muzaffer, a bookseller in Istanbul. Something in me gets very happy when I hear stories that Muzaffer told, or accounts of what he did and said in his dervish community.” —Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book

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