Sufi Ritual: The Parallel Universe

1st Edition

Ian Richard Netton

Routledge
Published June 7, 2000
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9780700712540 - CAT# RU30365
Series: Routledge Sufi Series

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Summary

This study reveals the world of Sufi ritual with particular reference to two major Sufi orders. It examines the ritual and practices of these orders and surveys their organisation and hierarchy, initiation ceremonies, and aspects of their liturgy such as dhikr (litany) and sama (mystical concert). Comparisons are made with the five pillars of Islam (arkan), and the Sufi rituals, together with the arkan, are examined from the perspective of theology, phenomenology, anthropology and semiotics. The work concludes with an examination of the Sufi in the context of alienation. This is a major work which highlights the importance of Sufi ritual and locates it within the broader domain of the Islamic world.

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