A Psychology of Early Sufi Sama': Listening and Altered States / Edition 1

A Psychology of Early Sufi Sama': Listening and Altered States / Edition 1

by Kenneth S. Avery
     
 

"This book explores the psychology of altered states among the early Sufis. It examines sama[superscript c], i.e. listening to ritual recitation, music and certain other aural phenomena, and its effect in inducing unusual states of consciousness and behaviours. The focus is on the earliest personalities of the Islamic mystical tradition, as found in texts from the… See more details below

Overview

"This book explores the psychology of altered states among the early Sufis. It examines sama[superscript c], i.e. listening to ritual recitation, music and certain other aural phenomena, and its effect in inducing unusual states of consciousness and behaviours. The focus is on the earliest personalities of the Islamic mystical tradition, as found in texts from the tenth to the twelfth centuries C.E." "These unusual states are interpreted in the light of current research in Western psychology, and also in terms of their integration into historical Islamic culture." A Psychology of Early Sufi sama[superscript c] provides new insights into the work of five Sufi authors, and a fresh approach to the relation between historical accounts of altered states and current psychological thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415311069
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Series:
Routledge Sufi Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Sama[superscript c] in early Sufi literature : an overview10
3The language of sama[superscript c] and other key concepts55
4The psychology of sama[superscript c] (part 1)85
5The psychology of sama[superscript c] (part 2)139
6The psychology of sama[superscript c] according to the Sufi writers150
7The Sufis' explanations of their altered state experiences159
8The ritual behaviour and etiquette of sama[superscript c]174
9The paradigmatic experience of two 'ecstatics', Nuri and Shibli193
10Conclusions220

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >