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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Between Spirituality and Legalism

Between Spirituality and Legalism

The Moderating Influence of Sufism

(p.115) XII Between Spirituality and Legalism
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the role that Sufism can play in an otherwise Shari’ah-dominated Islam, where the emphasis on externality and form has tilted the balance between the inner and the outer self of the religion. The gap between Sufism and fiqh has remained, but there are indications of renewed public concern in Muslim societies to bring the letter and the spirit of Shari’ah closer together in such areas, for instance, as financial transactions and the rituals of worship. The chapter also reviews the role of Sufism in Shi’i thought and how Sufism has the potential of developing greater unity between the Shi’i and Sunni branches of Islam.

Keywords:   spirituality, rituals, sincerity, love, Sunni, Shi’ah, Sufi orders

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