The Naqshbandiyya: Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Naqshbandiyya

Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition, 1st Edition

By Itzchak Weismann


208 pages

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The Naqshbandiyya is one of the most widespread and influential Sufi orders in the Muslim world. Having its origins in the Great Masters tradition of Central Asia almost a millennium ago, it played a significant role in the pre-modern history of the Indian subcontinent and the Ottoman Empire, and is still spreading today. This volume seeks to present a broad picture of the evolution of the ideas and organizational forms of the Naqshbandi order throughout its history. It combines a synthesis of the vast literature on the order with original research, and shall be an important contribution for those interested in Sufism, Islamic history and Muslim-Christian relations.

Table of Contents

1. The Core and Contours of a Sufi Brotherhood 2. Local Beginnings in the Oases of Inner Asia (Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries) 3. Consolidation and Expansion 4. Shari‘a and Renewal in the Great Empires (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries) 5. Inner Rivalries and Cooperation 6. Scholarship and Organization into the Modern World (Nineteenth Century to the Present) 7. The Persistence of Older Traditions 8. Modern Transformations on the Path (Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries) 9. The Contemporary Situation

About the Author

Itzchak Weismann is senior lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern history, University of Haifa, Israel. His research interests focus on modern Islam, particularly interrelations between Sufism and fundamentalist and radical movements.

About the Series

Routledge Sufi Series

The Routledge Sufi Series provides short introductions to a variety of facets of the subject, which are accessible both to the general reader and the student and scholar in the field. Each book will be either a synthesis of existing knowledge or a distinct contribution to, and extension of, knowledge of the particular topic. The two major underlying principles of the Series are sound scholarship and readability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Islam / Sunni
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies