A Psychology of Early Sufi Samâ': Listening and Altered States by Kenneth S. Avery | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415311063

ISBN-13: 9780415311069

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Avery explores the psychology of altered states among the early Sufis. It examines samâ' - 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 mediated by texts from the

Overview

Avery explores the psychology of altered states among the early Sufis. It examines samâ' - 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 mediated by 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
Samâ'
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

1. Introduction 2. Samâ' in Early Sufi Literature: An Overview 3. The Language of Samâ' and Other Key Concepts 4. The Psychology of Samâ' Part 1 5. The Psychology of Samâ' Part 2 6. The Psychology of Samâ' According to the Sufi Writers 7. The Sufis' Explanations of their Altered State Experiences 8. The Ritual Behaviour and Etiquette of Samâ' 9. The Paradigmatic Experience of Two 'Ecstatics', Nûrî and Shiblî 10. Conclusions

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