By Stephen Schwartz
This eye-opening, insightful exploration of Sufism, the non secular culture that has supported Islam for greater than one thousand years, exhibits why it bargains a promising starting place for reconciliation among the Western and Muslim worlds.
Many american citizens this present day determine Islam with maniacal hatred of the West. The different Islam transforms this photo and opens how you can discovering universal floor in our stricken instances. Sufism, a mix of the magical and rational trends inside Islam, emerged quickly after the revelation of Muhammad. A reforming movement against the expanding worldliness of Muslim society, it makes a speciality of Islam’s religious size. defined as “Islam of the Heart,” Sufism has attracted adherents between either Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, in addition to Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists.
In The different Islam, Stephen Schwartz lines the origins and heritage of Sufism, elucidates its teachings, and illustrates its hyperlinks to the opposite religions. He reviews on such celebrated Sufi poets and philosophers as Rumi and Al-Ghazali, and narrates their effect at the Kabbalah, at the descendants of the Jewish thinker Maimonides, and on Christian mystics like Saint John of the move and Saint Teresa of Ávila in addition to the yank transcendentalists.
Furthermore, Schwartz provides a clean survey of Sufism in today’s Islamic international, looking forward to an highbrow renaissance of the religion and possible choices to fundamentalism and tyranny in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran.
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