Sufis in Western Society: Global networking and locality

Sufis in Western Society: Global networking and locality

by Markus Dressler
     
 

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In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious globalization processes and specific sacred

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In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious globalization processes and specific sacred localities, this book looks at the formation of Sufi movements that have migrated from their place of origin to become global religious networks.



Sufi groups are highly differentiated and often inaccessible, so the origins and development of Sufism in the West have not been widely studied. Employing a comparative approach based on regional fieldwork and case studies, this book addresses theoretical issues and gives a comprehensive analysis of distinct communities and the development of regional branches of Sufi orders, providing an international perspective on Sufism in the West. With contributions from well-known international experts on the topic, the book addresses Sufi orders in the context of the transnational networks in which they are operating and the constraints of the localities in which they live.



This book will be of interest to scholars and students of religion, Islam and Sufism in particular.

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'I believe this book will contribute to the understanding of the sociology of Sufism, its transnational nature, its diversity of forms, and the origins and causes of its popularity in the west.' - Sarwar Alam, International Journal of Middle East Studies. 42 (2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134105731
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Routledge Sufi Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

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'I believe this book will contribute to the understanding of the sociology of Sufism, its transnational nature, its diversity of forms, and the origins and causes of its popularity in the west.' - Sarwar Alam, International Journal of Middle East Studies. 42 (2010)

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