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Tasawwuf and western interests perspective of history and politics

Ladjal, Tarek and Bensaid, Benaouda and Roslan, M. Noor (2012) Tasawwuf and western interests perspective of history and politics. Politics and Religion, 6 (1). pp. 113-131. ISSN 1820-6581

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This relationship between Sufism and politics presents itself at the heart of an emerging Western interest in Sufi political development. Western institutions have identified Tasawwuf as viable option for shaping all forms of cooperation and understanding with the Muslim world. Such a choice however, stems from factual realities shown in the practice of some Sufi schools and historical developments. This inquiry seeks to explore the historical context of Sufism in relation to political engagement while elucidating its course of interaction as a demonstration of its very values and ideals. This paper also examines some of the similarities and differences between the attitudes of classical and contemporary Sufi practices vis-à-vis political life, and evaluates the evidences of both the current approaches to and interpretation of the position of Sufism in today’s world. This research demonstrates the partial interpretation that favors a particular trend pertaining to Sufism and politics, and suggests that the defiant and politically active interpretation of Tasawwuf is by large the dominant and historically consistent current in Sufi thought and practice.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6450/27775
Uncontrolled Keywords: tasawwuf, sufi order, West, politics, sufism.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.7 Islam and politics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr Benaouda Bensaid
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2012 11:45
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 13:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27775

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