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Sufis in Western Society : Global networking and locality - Markus Dressler

Sufis in Western Society

Global networking and locality

By: Markus Dressler (Editor), Ron Geaves (Editor), Gritt Klinkhammer (Editor)


Published: 1st June 2009
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In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious globalization processes and specific sacred localities, this book looks at the formation of Sufi movements that have migrated from their place of origin to become global religious networks.

Sufi groups are highly differentiated and often inaccessible, so the origins and development of Sufism in the West have not been widely studied. Employing a comparative approach based on regional fieldwork and case studies, this book addresses theoretical issues and gives a comprehensive analysis of distinct communities and the development of regional branches of Sufi orders, providing an international perspective on Sufism in the West. With contributions from well-known international experts on the topic, the book addresses Sufi orders in the context of the transnational networks in which they are operating and the constraints of the localities in which they live.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of religion, Islam and Sufism in particular.

'I believe this book will contribute to the understanding of the sociology of Sufism, its transnational nature, its diversity of forms, and the origins and causes of its popularity in the west.' - Sarwar Alam, International Journal of Middle East Studies. 42 (2010)

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Glocalization of religions: plural authenticities at the centres and at the marginsp. 13
Global Sufism: "theirs and ours"p. 26
Globalizing the soundworld: Islam and Sufi music in the Westp. 46
Pluralism and authenticity: Sufi paths in post-9/11 New Yorkp. 77
A case of cultural binary fission or transglobal Sufism? The transmigration of Sufism to Britainp. 97
Playing with numbers: Sufi calculations of a perfect divine universe in Manchesterp. 113
The emergence of transethnic Sufism in Germany: from mysticism to authenticityp. 130
Growing up as a Sufi: generational change in the Burhaniya Sufi orderp. 148
Home, nation and global Islam: Sufi oriented activities and community building among Bosnian Muslims in Southern Swedenp. 162
The reception of Sufi and neo-Sufi literaturep. 180
Glossaryp. 198
Indexp. 204
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ISBN: 9780415457118
ISBN-10: 0415457114
Series: Routledge Sufi
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 1st June 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1