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The Passion of al-Hallaj
by Louis Massignon
translated by Herbert Mason
4 volumes, Bollingen Series
Publisher: Princeton University Press

"The English version must be considered a major achivement in the field of Islamic Studies." ~ Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University.

"This is a very great book by France's most famous Islamic specialist in this century who was also a leading Catholic intellectual." ~ Richard Baldick, Times Literary Suppliment. [Read More...]


Hallaj, Martyr and Mystic
by Louis Massignon
1 vol. abridgement
edited and translated by Herbert Mason
Published: Bollingen Series, Princeton University Press

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Abridged from the four-volume The Passion of al-Hallaj, one of the major works of Western orientalism, this book explores the life and teaching of a famous tenth-century Sufi mystic and martyr, and in so doing describes not only his experience but also the whole milieu of early Islamic civilization. Louis Massignon (1883-1962). [Read more...]

Testimonies and Reflections

Testimonies and Reflections: Essays of Louis Massignon
by Louis Massignon
Selected and introduced by Herbert Mason
Publisher: Notre Dame University Press, 178 pp.

"Everyone who shares Massignon's concern for the Islamic world should read this collection of very personal, thought-provoking, and deeply moving essays." ~ Annemarie Schimmel, Harvard University

"Mason's sure hand in translating Massignon's highly individualistic French style of writing and his careful choice of essays combine to make of this book an absorbing, intellectual, and even spiritual experience." ~ Victor Danner, Indiana University. [Read more...]


by Herbert W. Mason
Publisher (English): Routledge, 180 pp.
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The life and teachings of Islam's most dramatic and controversial mystic, Husayn ibn Mansur, better known as Al-Hallaj (the reader of hearts).

"A world authority who has spent more than 30 years studying al-Hallaj asseses the mystic's place in the traditional calling that he represents, and presents his conclusions in a single, accessable volume designed for the general reader." Ian Netton, University of Exeter. [Read more...]


Memoir of a Friend: Louis Massignon
by Herbert Mason
Publisher (English): Notre Dame University Press; (French): Desclée de Brower, Paris, France

"No one has done more than Herbert Mason to make the thought of this exceptional French Islamacist and Catholic thinker, Louis Massignon, better known to the English speaking world. The present volume is a major addition to his earlier efforts. It is a prescious document. Herbert Mason must be congratulated in making avalable a most penetrating and intimate book on a man who was at once one of the greatest of Western Islamicists, a Catholic of profound piety and theological depth, and a major bridge between Islam and the Western world." ~ Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University. [Read more...]