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The Many Faces of Contemporary Sufism in North America


 
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1. Title Title of document The Many Faces of Contemporary Sufism in North America - Unveiling Sufism
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Meena Sharify-Funk; Wilfrid Laurier University;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country William Dickson; South Dakota State University; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Islamic Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Manhattan; Islam in North America; Muzzafer Ozak; Universalism; Islamic law; Rumi; visual art; yoga; music; popular culture; Hazrat Inayat Khan
 
5. Subject Subject classification Sufism
 
6. Description Abstract In Chapter two, we explore Sufism in 20th and 21st century North America. We begin painting a picture of the political climate within which contemporary Sufis operate, in exploring Sufism in post-9/11 Manhattan. Sufis frequently find themselves at the intersection of a variety of political pressures, including growing anti-Muslim sentiment among Americans, and growing anti-Sufi movements among Muslims. We then shift from contemporary politics, to discuss the different interpretive tendencies emerging among Sufi communities in North America, including universalist tendencies that understand Sufism as something not limited to Islam, to more traditionalist perspectives that assert Sufism’s necessary connection to Islamic practices and laws. In order to shed light on Sufism’s remarkable influence on North American artists, we look at the the 13th century Sufi personality, Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273), whose immensely popular poetry has inspired a variety of cultural expressions, from restaurants, to visual art, yoga, social activism, dance, and music. We conclude with a brief mapping of Sufism’s historical development throughout the 20th century, charting the lives and influences of Sufi personalities, who would shape distinct trends, including more universalist approaches to Sufism, and those more closely affiliated with Muslim identity and ritual life.


 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Aug-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/26328
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26328
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Unveiling Sufism
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) North America; international,
contemporary and historical
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd