Shaikha Camille Adams Helminski is Co-Director and Co-Founder of The Threshold Society, a non-profit organization rooted within the traditions of Sufism and dedicated to facilitating the direct personal experience of the Divine.
She has been working within the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism for over thirty years and has helped to increase awareness of the integral contribution of women to the spiritual path of Islam with her book, Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure, Stories and Writings of Mystic Poets, Scholars, and Saints. She was also the co-founder and co-director of Threshold Books which helped to bring into English many classic texts of the Sufi tradition. She has co-translated a number of volumes of Sufi literature, including the Sufi classic Awakened Dreams, and Jewels of Remembrance (excerpts of the Mathnawi of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi) and is the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur’an into English: The Light of Dawn, selections from the Qur’an for daily contemplation. She has authored two anthologies for the Book Foundation, The Book of Character, Writings on Virtue and Character from Islamic and Other Sources and The Book of Nature, A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the Environment, as part of a new curriculum for Islamic education. Her most recent publications are Rumi’s Sun, The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz; The Rumi Daybook, 365 Poems and Teachings from the Beloved Sufi Master; and Rumi and His Friends, Stories of the Lovers of God: Excerpts from the Manaqib al-‘Arifin of Aflaki.
She has been a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Foundation which promotes peace, respect, and mutual understanding between peoples of diverse religious and spiritual traditions through programs in Interspirituality rooted in contemplative practice. She is one of the mentors of the Snowmass Interspiritual Dialogue and has also been designated as one of the spiritual leaders of WISE (Women’s Initiative in Islamic Spirituality and Equality).
Women of Sufism is a valuable addition to Sufi literature and women’s spiritual studies. Camille Helminski awakens us to the important contribution of women to this mystical tradition.
~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D.,author of Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart