By Kenneth P Lizzio
Winner of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award!
within the West, Islam has changed Communism because the new bugbear, whereas Sufism, Islam’s mystical measurement, is usually brushed aside because the delusions of an irrational and backward humans. Ken Lizzio corrects such misperceptions during this firsthand account of the yr he spent in 1991 dwelling with the pinnacle of the Naqshbandis, Afghanistan’s biggest Sufi order. He provides the order in all its dimensions—social, monetary, political, and spiritual—at a pivotal second in background. He additionally supplies an extraordinary glimpse of daily life in an Afghan Sufi university and of ways the college has coped with the upheavals in its country.
Poignantly, the Naqshbandi lifestyle faces threats to its very life. One probability lies within the creeping secularization of Islamic society, one other within the dismissal of Sufism through a number of fundamentalist Islamic sects claiming the franchise on fact. yet traditionally, Lizzio issues out, Sufism has constantly been Islam’s wellspring for non secular revival. and since Sufis deal in concerns that go beyond time and cultures, they assist outsiders comprehend not just the genuine nature of Islam, however the deeper which means of all religions. The sound of that which means echoes all through this eloquent and engaging memoir.
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