Although not widely known in the Western world, al-Hallaj is one of the great figures in the history of the Muslim religion. Martyred in 922 by the government for his teachings, Hallaj has lived on through the centuries in the legends and memories of Muslims the world over. In this dramatic narrative of the last days of al-Hallaj, Herbert Mason has distilled the essence of Hallaj in moving, beautifully drawn scenes.
“Highly recommended. Mason’s preface is a fine introduction to the renowned Muslim mystic and the dramatic narrative that follows.” — Choice
“Mason’s poetic style lends itself well to the telling of such a powerful tale.” — Library Journal
“A simple, evocative introduction to the teachings of one of Islam’s most enduring, and controversial, figures.” —_Parabola_
“In well-constructed and beautiful poetic prose, Mason retells the mystical journey of Alexander the Great in search of immortality. He is guided by that well-known superhuman Muslim hero, Al-Khadir. The quest fails but the tale lives on as one of literary Persia’s most beautiful narratives.” — The Muslim World