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Sufism, Mystics, and Saints in Modern Egypt
     

Sufism, Mystics, and Saints in Modern Egypt

by University of South Carolina Press, Frederick Denny (Editor)
 
For centuries Sufism-Islamic mysticism-held a major place in Islamic spirituality, intellectual life, and popular religion. While many scholars have commented on Sufism's decline, few have delved deeply into present-day Egyptian Sufism or considered it as a system in its own right. Drawing on her detailed fieldwork and a variety of little known literary sources,

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For centuries Sufism-Islamic mysticism-held a major place in Islamic spirituality, intellectual life, and popular religion. While many scholars have commented on Sufism's decline, few have delved deeply into present-day Egyptian Sufism or considered it as a system in its own right. Drawing on her detailed fieldwork and a variety of little known literary sources, Valerie J. Hoffman presents Sufism as it exists in Egypt today, in the vivid experiences of its adherents. With an array of conclusions that overturn widely held beliefs about modern Sufis, Hoffman argues that the apparent assimilation of Egyptian Sufism masks a thriving movement hidden from the Western world. From her experiences as a quasi disciple of a Sufi master, she offers new insights into the movement's evolution, the vital role of women in Sufism, and Sufi perspectives on gender and sexuality.

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Based on fieldwork from September 1980 through October 1981, and October 1987 through April 1989. Through her acceptance into the Sufi community, Hoffman (religion, U. of Illinois) was led to data and perspectives that are either lacking or misrepresented in scholarly literature which often portrays Sufism as the cause of degeneration and weakness in the Muslim people. Topics include the Prophet Muhammad, women and sexuality, Coptic Christianity, and models of sainthood. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570030550
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/11/1995
Series:
Studies in Comparative Religion Series
Pages:
461
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.76(d)

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