Stephen Schwartz, The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony (New York and London: Doubleday, 2008), pp. x + 275, £15.94, ISBN 978-0385518192 (hbk).

In: International Journal of Public Theology
Author: Gëzim Alpion1
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  • 1 University of Birmingham, UK
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The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony is an ambitious and inspired intellectual endeavour on many levels. In this work Stephen Schwartz undertakes to encapsulate on an encyclopaedic scale the story of Sufism, one of the most fascinating and so far relatively unknown and largely ignored, underestimated, abused and often persecuted ‘sects’ of Islam both in the Muslim world and globally, covering almost everything of importance regarding its achievements and setbacks from its inception in the twelfth century (perhaps earlier) until the start of the twenty-first century.

According to Schwartz, Sufism has contributed considerably in spreading

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