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Sufism in Europe and North America

1st Edition

Edited by David Westerlund, David Westerlund


172 pages

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Today there is a substantial and rapidly growing Muslim population in Europe and North America. Here, as elsewhere, many of the Muslims are Sufis. This book focuses mainly on issues of inculturation or contextualization of Sufism in the West. It shows that, while more traditional forms of Sufism exist, many radical changes have taken place in this part of the world. For instance, in some groups there are female sheikhs and a far-reaching pluralistic attitude to other religions. Hence Sufism is sometimes seen as something that transcends the boundaries of Islam.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Inculturating and Transcending Islam 1.The Contextualization of Sufism in Europe2. What's American about American Sufi Movements?3. Sufism in Russia: Nostalgia for Revelation4. Sufism Bridging East and West: The Case of the Bektashis5. Sufi Charisma on Internet6. Sufism for Westerners7. Sufism in Glastonbury: Alternative Spiritualities and Adaptations

About the Editors

David Westerlund is Professor of Religious Studies at Södertörn University College in Stockholm and teaches also at the Universities of Uppsala and Gavle. His main interests are Islam in Africa and Europe, African indigenous religions and Christian-Muslim relations. He is currently the director of a multi-disciplinary project entitled 'Conflict or Peaceful Co-existence? Contemporary Christian-Muslim Relations'.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies