Early Mysticism in the Near and Middle East by Margaret Smith

$250.00

Early Mysticism in the Near and Middle East by Margaret Smith, published in 1931. First edition.  An exceptionally bright, tight copy. Near fine. Light stamp of theosophist Myrtle Femrite. Subtitle: “Being an account of the rise and development of early Christian Mysticism in the Near and Middle East up to the seventh century, and of the subsequent development of Mysticism in Islam known as Sufism, together with some account of the relationship between early Christian Mysticism and the earliest form of Islamic Mysticism”. Smith was a noted authority on Mysticism. Smith was the first westerner to chronicle the life of the Sufi mystic Rábi’a of Basra, and compiled brief histories of other Sufi teachers and their doctrines, translating Arabic and Persian texts into English.