Sufism In The West

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By Jamal Malik, John Hinnells
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 220, Date: 2006-04-19
ISBN-10 : 0415274079, PDF 2.14 MB

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With the increasing Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism - intellectually as well as sociology - may eventually become Islam itself due to its versatile potential, especially in the wake of what has been called the failure of political Islam world-wide.

Sufism in the West provides a timely account of this subject and is primarily concerned with the latest developments in the history of Sufism and elaborates the ideas and institutions which organize Sufism and folk-religious practices.

The topics discussed include:

· The orders and movements
· Their social base
· Organization and institutionalization
· Recruitment-patterns in new environments
· Channels of disseminating ideas, such as ritual, charisma, and organization
· Reasons for their popularity among certain social groups
· The nature of their affiliation with the countries of their origin

Sufism in the West is essential reading for students and academics with research interests in Islam, Islamic History and Social Anthropology.

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Sufism Today: Heritage and Tradition in the Global Community (Library of Modern Religion)

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By Catharina Raudvere, Leif Stenberg
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
Pages: 256, Date: 2009-01-15
ISBN-10 : 184511762X, 4.35 mb pdf-in-rar

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This book offers the first sustained treatment of Sufism in the context of modern Muslim communities. It is also innovative, in that it broadens the purview of the study of Sufism to look at the subject right across international boundaries, from Canada to Brazil, and from Denmark to the UK and USA.

Subjects discussed include: the politics of Sufism, the remaking of Turkish Sufism, tradition and cultural creativity among Syrian Sufi communities, the globalization of Sufi networks, and their transplantation in America, Iranian Sufism in London, and Naqshbandi Sufism in Sweden.

In its thorough examination of how Sufi rituals, traditions and theologies have been adapted by late-modern religiosity, this volume will make indispensable reading for all scholars and students of modern Islam.

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Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a

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By Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Pages: 336, Date: 2008-03-31
ISBN-10 : 0674027760, rar'd pdf (with bookmarks) | 837.53 KB

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What should be the place of Shari‘a—Islamic religious law—in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari‘a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.

An-Na‘im argues that the coercive enforcement of Shari‘a by the state betrays the Qur’an’s insistence on voluntary acceptance of Islam. Just as the state should be secure from the misuse of religious authority, Shari‘a should be freed from the control of the state. State policies or legislation must be based on civic reasons accessible to citizens of all religions.

Showing that throughout the history of Islam, Islam and the state have normally been separate, An-Na‘im maintains that ideas of human rights and citizenship are more consistent with Islamic principles than with claims of a supposedly Islamic state to enforce Shari‘a. In fact, he suggests, the very idea of an “Islamic state” is based on European ideas of state and law, and not Shari‘a or the Islamic tradition.

Bold, pragmatic, and deeply rooted in Islamic history and theology, Islam and the Secular State offers a workable future for the place of Shari‘a in Muslim societies.

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Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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By Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages: 272, Date: 2002-08-06
ISBN-10 : 081296618X, Rared PDF 36.7 MB

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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war.

In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.

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