Mystic and Martyr
Abridged Edition
Louis Massignon

Edited and translated by Herbert Mason

With a new preface by Herbert Mason


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), France's most celebrated Islamic specialist in this century and a leading Catholic intellectual, wrote of a man who was for him a personal inspiration.

From reviews of the four-volume translation:

First published in 1994.

Herbert Mason is University Professor of History and Religion at Boston University.