Tabaqat al-Sufiyyah : Arabic, New,*[A4] Hardback - 190 pages,by Abi Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami,Published by Dar al-Fikr, Beirut.Description :Tabaqat al-Sufiyyah is a biographical collection including sayings of one hundred esteemed Awliya and Sufiyyah. This work is considered important because it was compiled by a great sufi scholar of his time Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami, rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alayhi, (d.412h). The Tabaqat al-Sufiyyah was also significant because it was the first such work to use isnad (detailed link/chain of authorities). This is a shorter work of Al-Sulami's Ta'rikh al-Sufiyyah which contains hagiographies of over 1000 sufiyyah.Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami [d.412h].He is Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmân Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn Musa al-Azdi al-Sulami, al-Naysaburi, alayhi ar-Rahman. He was born in Nishapur (arabic: Naysabur) (Persia) in 325 Hijri. It was the influence of Al-Sulami's grandfather which first drew him towards the ascetic doctrine. He travelled extensively throughout Khorasan and Iraq in his pursuit of hadith knowledge. Al-Sulami's education was also supported by a thorough training in religious law and theology, Ash'ari kalam in particular, which he learned from the Qadi Abu Bakr al-Baqillani [d.403/1013]. In fiqh, Al-Sulami followed the Shafi'i school. In Nishapur Al-Sulami became renowned as a Shafi'i scholar and a collector of traditions. He was a prolific author of many sciences but in paricular of tafsir, hadith and tasawwuf - who according to his biographers Al-Sulami wrote more than a hundred books and treatises over a period of some fifty years. His books tended to deal with the more practical aspects of tasawwuf, like the Jawami Adab al-Sufiyya and 'Uyub al-Nafs wa-Mudawatuhu which focused on sufi customs and practices. Most of his works included citations from the Qur'an and Sunnah in support of orthodox Sufi behaviour.Amongst his works were :Tafsir:---Haqa'iq al-Tafsir, ---Ziyadat Haqa'iq al-Tafsir,Hadith:---Kitab Adab al-Suhba wa-Husn al-'Ishra,Tasawwuf:---Ta'rikh al-Sufiyyah,---Tabaqat al-Sufiyyah,---Jawami Adab al-Suffiyah,---'Uyub al-Nafs wa-Mudawatuhu,---Kitab al-Futuwwa,---Risalat al-Malamatiyya,---Adab al-Faqr wa-Shara'ituhu,---Sunan al-Sufiyyah.Amongst his students were Abu'l -Qasim al-Qushayri [d.465/1073] who quotes Al-Sulami frequently in his famous al-Risala al-Qushayriyyah. Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami passed away in Nishapur in [d412/1021].