The infinity of desire: love, mystical union, and ethics in Sufism
Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism
Seven Bridges Press
Offers a critique of various assumptions about the nature of love in Islamic mysticism, about the issue of Islamic mysticism's interactions with Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, and about the role of love within Arabic and Islamic poetry. The essay uses controversies over translations of early Arabic mystical texts to focus these issues and put them into play with one another. --author-supplied description
Sells, Michael. "The infinity of desire: Love, mystical union, and ethics in Sufism." Crossing boundaries: Essays on the ethical status of mysticism. By G. William Barnard and Jeffrey J. Kripal. New York: Seven Bridges P, 2002. 184-229.