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- DescriptionFor 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 t only in the Islamic world but also in the West. The political, social and ecomic 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 prior kwledge of the subject. It is a penetrating and concise introduction for everyone interested in Islam and Islamic studies.
- Author BiographyMark Sedgwick took his doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway, in Islamic history. He has been teaching at the American University in Cairo, working on and with Sufis, for more than ten years.
- Author(s)Mark J. Sedgwick
- PublisherThe American University in Cairo Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2003
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationCairo
- Country of PublicationEgypt
- ImprintThe American University in Cairo Press
- Weight231 g
- Width149 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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