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With the expanding Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism – intellectually in addition to sociologically – may perhaps finally develop into Islam itself because of its flexible power. even though Sufism has constantly provoked significant curiosity within the West, no quantity has to date been written which discusses this point of Islam when it comes to the way it is practised in Western societies.

Bringing together best overseas professionals to survey the historical past of Islamic mysticism in North the USA and Europe, this booklet elaborates the information and associations which arrange Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters cover:

  • the orders and activities
  • their social base
  • organization and institutionalization
  • recruitment-patterns in new environments
  • channels of disseminating principles, reminiscent of ritual, air of secrecy, and association
  • reasons for his or her reputation between sure 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 various spheres of society, Sufism within the West is crucial interpreting for college kids and teachers with study pursuits in Islam, Islamic historical past and social anthropology.

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