Spiritual Path, Spiritual Reality: Selected writings of Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar


Yousuf Dadoo (ed)
University of South Africa
Auwais Rafudeen (ed)
University of South Africa


A prominent mystic and renowned anti-colonial warrior from Indonesia, Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar (1626–1699) was exiled to South Africa, where he played a pioneering role in laying the foundations of Islam in the country. Offering a rich translation of Shaykh Yusuf’s Arabic writings, Spiritual path, spiritual reality fills an important gap in the works devoted to the spiritual dimension in the Muslim intellectual archive. The introduction gives insight into his life and an understanding of how his mysticism was connected with his political engagement. Focusing on Islamic mysticism – known as Ṣūfīsm – the book covers areas of spiritual discipline of the self, metaphysics and gnostic knowledge. The style is pedagogical, with an instructive tone in keeping with the Ṣūfī path.

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Author Biographies

Yousuf Dadoo, University of South Africa

Prof Yousuf Dadoo is Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Arabic, at the University of South Africa. He has published several articles in scholarly journals.


Auwais Rafudeen, University of South Africa

Prof Auwais Rafudeen is Associate Professor at the  Department of Religious Studies and Arabic, University of South Africa. His research interests are Sufism in South Africa and Religion and the secular. He specialises in Islam in South Africa, Islam and modernity and Sufism and has published several articles.

Suleman Dangor, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Suleman Essop Dangor is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics at the

University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests cover Islam in South Africa: history, language, education, politics, women, Sufism and Islamization. He has published several articles in research journals, book chapters and has completed numerous research projects.

Ebrahiem Moos, University of Cape Town

Ebrahiem Moos spent five years in Syria at al-Fath Institute and finished his degree at the al-Azhar University in Cairo.  He joined the project in 2006 and worked on translations of manuscripts relating to Sufism.  He received his Masters degree in Historical Studies from UCT in 2011, with a dissertation focusing on the role of miracles in a work by the renowned scholar Sidi Mukhtar al-Kunti (d. 1811).  He currently lectures in Arabic at UCT and teaches at the International Peace College of South Africa (IPSA).  His research within the project focuses on translations of texts and manuscripts from the region.

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January 30, 2020