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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415311069
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/27/2004
  • Series: Routledge Sufi Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth S. Avery is a specialist in Sufi studies and Persian literature. He is a musician and a recent Ph.D. graduate in Islamic Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Sama[superscript c] in early Sufi literature : an overview 10
3 The language of sama[superscript c] and other key concepts 55
4 The psychology of sama[superscript c] (part 1) 85
5 The psychology of sama[superscript c] (part 2) 139
6 The psychology of sama[superscript c] according to the Sufi writers 150
7 The Sufis' explanations of their altered state experiences 159
8 The ritual behaviour and etiquette of sama[superscript c] 174
9 The paradigmatic experience of two 'ecstatics', Nuri and Shibli 193
10 Conclusions 220
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