Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 29, No 1 (2010)

Toward Global Community: Sufism and World Order

Abdul Aziz Said, Nathan C. Funk
Issued Date: 8 Nov 2010

Abstract


The failure of “universal secular visions” to bridge global material and cultural divides as well as stem widespread ecological damage has precipitated the need to draw upon the untapped spiritual resources and enduring wisdom of the world’s great contemplative traditions. Drawing from the essential precepts and doctrines of Sufism, this article presents a response to the challenges presented by contemporary world politics and global disorder. It calls for a consensus-based and cooperative approach to global issues based on eight principles stemming from Sufi tradition; principles that could contribute to the foundation of a new world order. Sufism’s vision of tawhid, inner freedom, spiritual elevation, and human wholeness can provide a compelling basis for responding to contemporary challenges of a materialist global life. Furthermore, its capacity to inspire human solidarity and deeply ecumenical spirituality can greatly expedite the emergence of a global peace culture. However, translating the principles of Sufism into practice within the context of the present world order requires effort to advance four interrelated processes of change: promoting a global system of checks and balances, strengthening global civil society, promoting human rights and cultural diversity, and developing a broad consensus of peoples and governments.

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DOI: 10.1558/rsth.v29i1.93

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