Sufism in Western Contexts


Sufism in Western Contexts explores both historical trajectories and multiple contemporary manifestations of Islamic mystical movements, ideas, and practices in diverse European, North and South American countries, as well as in Australia – all traditionally non-Muslim regions of the “global West”. From early French and British colonial administrators who admired Persian poetry to nineteenth-century American transcendentalists, followed by South Asian and Middle Eastern immigrant Sufi guides and their movements, expansive and many-faceted expressions of Sufism such as its role in Western esotericism, female whirling dervishes and Rumi cafes, and new articulations in cyberspace, are traced and analyzed by international experts in the field.

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Marcia K. Hermansen is Professor of Theology and Director of the Islamic World Studies program at Loyola University Chicago. Her publications on Sufism include Varieties of American Sufism (2021) as well as many studies of South Asian Sufism and on Shah Wali Allah of Delhi.

Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh is a habilitated lecturer of Islamic Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. His publications on Sufism and comparative mysticism include Practical Mysticism in Islam and Christianity (Routledge, 2016) and Sufism East and West (Brill, 2019; co-edited with Jamal Malik).
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Introduction: Sufism in Western Contexts
Marcia K. Hermansen and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

Part 1: History, Reception, and Modes of Practice

1 Analytic Essay: The Idea of Sufism in the West
Gregory A. Lipton and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

2 Sufism and Western Esotericism
Patrick D. Bowen

3 Sufism and New Religious Movements
Olav Hammer

4 Western Sufi Institutions and Practices
Merin Shobhana Xavier

5 Cyber Sufism in the Global West
Robert Rozehnal

Part 2: Sufism in Regional Contexts

6 Analytic Essay: Sufism in Western Regional Settings
Jamal Malik

7 Sufism in Britain
Ron Geaves, Ayesha Khan and Amina Khatun

8 Sufism in Latin Europe (France, Spain, Italy)
Francesco Piraino and Antonio de Diego González

9 Sufism in German-Speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, German-Speaking Switzerland)
Gritt Klinkhammer and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

10 Sufism in the Benelux Countries (Netherlands and Belgium)
M. Amer Morgahi

11 Sufism in Scandinavia
Simon Stjernholm

12 Sufism in North America
William Rory Dickson

13 Sufism in Latin America
Mark Sedgwick

14 Sufism in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)
Milad Milani

Academics, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students interested in Islamic mysticism in the modern period, Sufism in the global West, and New Age and alternative religions. Relevant subject areas include religious/Islamic studies, theology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.
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