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Sufism: The Essentials By. Mark J. Sedgwick

Sufism: The Essentials By. Mark J. Sedgwick

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; New edition edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774248238

For more than a millennium, Sufism has been the core of the spiritual experience of countless Muslims. As the chief mystical tradition of Islam, it has helped to shape the history of Islamic societies. Although it is the Sufi face of Islam that has often appealed to Westerners, Sufis and Sufism remain mysterious to many in the West and are still widely misunderstood.

In this new edition, a scholar with long experience of Sufism in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe succinctly presents the essentials of Sufism and shows how Sufis live and worship, and why. As well as what Sufism is and where it comes from, the book discusses Sufi orders not only in the Islamic world but also in the West. The political, social and economic significance of Sufism are outlined, and the question of how and why Sufism has become one of the more controversial aspects of contemporary Islamic religious life is addressed.

The book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. It is a penetrating and concise introduction for everyone interested in Islam and Islamic studies.
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