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Sufism in the West - Jamal Malik

Sufism in the West

By: Jamal Malik (Editor), John Hinnells (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415274074
Number Of Pages: 207

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With the increasing Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism - intellectually as well as sociologically - may eventually become Islam itself due to its versatile potential. Although Sufism has always provoked considerable interest in the West, no volume has so far been written which discusses this aspect of Islam in terms of how it is practised in Western societies.

Bringing together leading international authorities to survey the history of Islamic mysticism in North America and Europe, this book elaborates the ideas and institutions which organize Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters cover:

  • the orders and movements

  • their social base

  • organization and institutionalization

  • recruitment-patterns in new environments

  • channels of disseminating ideas, such as ritual, charisma, and organization

  • reasons for their popularity among certain social groups

  • the nature of their affiliation with the countries of their origin.

Providing a fascinating insight into how Sufism operates within different spheres of society, Sufism in the West is essential reading for students and academics with research interests in Islam, Islamic history and social anthropology.

List of contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
Literary productions of Western Sufi movementsp. 28
Persian Sufism in the contemporary West: reflections on the Ni'matu'llahi diasporap. 49
The evolution of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi: Sulaymancis in Germanyp. 71
Third-wave Sufism in America and the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowshipp. 86
Transnational Sufism: the Haqqaniyyap. 103
Aspects of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani order in North Americap. 115
Seekers on the path: different ways of being a Sufi in Britainp. 127
Learning the lessons from the neo-revivalist and Wahhabi movements: the counterattack of the new Sufi movements in the UKp. 142
Popular Islam in northern Pakistan and its reconstruction in urban Britainp. 160
Glossaryp. 187
Bibliographyp. 190
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415274074
ISBN-10: 0415274079
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 8th March 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.15  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1