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A Culture of Sufism

by Dina Le Gall

Publisher: State University of New York Press
Pages: 288
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780791462454






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Overview of A Culture of Sufism

Unearths the history of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and enduring Sufi brotherhoods.

Synopsis of A Culture of Sufism

A Culture of Sufism opens a window to a new understanding of one of the most prolific and enduring of all the Sufi brotherhoods, the Naqshbandiyya, as it spread from its birthplace in central Asia to Iran, Anatolia, Arabia, and the Balkans between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing on original sources and carefully aware of the power of modern paradigms to obscure, Le Gall portrays a Naqshbandiyya that was devotionally sober yet not demysticized and rigorously orthodox without being politically activist. She argues that the establishment of this brotherhood in Ottoman society was not the product of political instrumentality. Instead the Naqshband? dissemination is best explained in reference to a series of littleappreciated organizational and cultural modes such as proclivity to longdistance travel, independence of specialized Sufi institutions, linguistic adaptability, commitment to writing and copying, and the practice of bequeathing spiritual authority to nonkin.

Author Biography: Dina Le Gall is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University.

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