Bruce B. Lawrence - Sufi Martyrs of Love. PDF

PDF For many in the West, the ecstatic dancing ritual of whirling dervishes isthe most recognizable aspect of Sufism. Sufism is the mystical branch ofIslam, with which Muslims throughout the world identify. It emphasizesdirect knowledge of the divine within each person. Its adepts seemeditation, music, song, and dance as integral to the spiritual quest.The Chishti Sufi order is among the oldest and most popular of all Sufitraditions. Though most often identified with South Asia, today its devoteescan be found from California to Kuala Lumpur. What are the distinctivepractices of the Chishtis, and how do they differ from other orders? Whowere the founding figures, and what were the seminal texts that provided thebasis for this tradition? And how has this legacy continually beenreinterpreted until the present day?Sufi Martyrs of Love provides access to the voices of Sufi authoritiesthrough the translation of texts being offered in English for the firsttime. It also offers a critical perspective on Western attitudes towardIslam and Sufism, confronts the prejudices of the academy and the media, andoffers a clarification of the contemporary importance of Sufism from Asia toAmerica.

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