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With the expanding Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism – intellectually in addition to sociologically – might ultimately turn into Islam itself because of its flexible capability. even though Sufism has regularly provoked massive curiosity within the West, no quantity has thus far been written which discusses this point of Islam by way of the way it is practised in Western societies.

Bringing together prime foreign gurus to survey the heritage of Islamic mysticism in North the USA and Europe, this ebook elaborates the tips and associations which set up Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters cover:

  • the orders and routine
  • their social base
  • organization and institutionalization
  • recruitment-patterns in new environments
  • channels of disseminating rules, reminiscent of ritual, air of secrecy, and association
  • reasons for his or her attractiveness between convinced social teams
  • the nature in their association with the international locations in their starting place.

Providing a desirable perception into how Sufism operates inside of assorted spheres of society, Sufism within the West is crucial analyzing for college students and teachers with learn pursuits in Islam, Islamic historical past and social anthropology.

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