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Sufism and Islamic Reform in Egypt: The Battle for Islamic Tradition

Julian Johansen


One of the most important sects in the Islamic world, Sufism has had a long and active history. Yet it has been no stranger to controversy. This has been particularly pronounced in modern times, as radical Islamic groups and modernist reformers have sought to identify Sufism as a source of either unwelcome innovation or reactionary superstition. This book focuses on the efforts of the Sūfīs of Egypt, expressed in the writings of one of the order's sheikhs, to meet the critical challenge. The sheikh offers a vigorous defence of Sufism in the context of controversial issues such as festivals, pr ... More

Keywords: Sufism, Islamic groups, modernist reformers, Sūfīs, Egypt, sheikh, Prophet, miracles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198267577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Johansen, author
Al-Furgan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London