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Western Sufism: From the Abbasids to the New Age

Mark Sedgwick

Abstract

Western Sufism is a regional variant on Sufism, as are Indonesian Sufism or African Sufism. It is sometimes dismissed as “New Age” and seen as a very modern phenomenon, but this book argues that, in fact, it has very deep roots, in the West and beyond. The first significant Western Sufi organization was not established until 1915, but the first Western discussion of Sufism was printed in 1480. This book traces the immediate origins of Western Sufism in early modern Europe, and its earliest origins in late antique Neoplatonism, and in early Arab and Persian Sufism. It follows the establishment ... More

Keywords: Sufism, Islam and the West, Neoplatonism, Philosophy, Emanationism, Perennialism, Esotericism (anti-exotericism), Universalism, New Age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199977642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977642.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Sedgwick, author
Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Coordinator of the Islamic Cultures and Societies Research Unit (ICSRU), Aarhus University