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Sufism: Contemporary challenges facing Sufis in Egypt
Religion and Theology
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Sufism: Contemporary Challenges Facing Sufis in Egypt Table of Contents Research Question 3 Research Focus 3 Literature Review 5 Methodologies 6 Chapter Outlines 7 Work Schedule 9 References 11 Research Question “How do manifestations of Sufism differ, or not, from modern Islamic movements?
It is worth mentioning that the term ‘Sufism’ embraces the philosophy and practices which aim at direct communication between God and man. Accordingly, those people practising Sufism are known as Sufi (Nasir & Malik, 2013). In the similar context, Schielke (2007) states that from 14th century to 19th century Sufism was central to Islamic devoutness in Egypt. The ruling groups in Egypt were strongly attached to Sufism and until 19th century it maintained close but stressed contact with the tradition of scholarship expressed by Al-Azhar (Schielke, 2007; Nahas, 1982.). Responsively, Chittick (2006) argues those people who use the word Sufism in a positive sense is embedded with the broad range of ideologies propounded by prophet Muhammad (Chittick, 2006). Furthermore, ‘Sufism’ as a religious and mystical existence within the Islamic tradition has widely been subjected to the strains of modernisation experienced across the Muslim world. However, it can be argued that principle of Sufism teaches people to explore the thoughts beyond the veils of darkness as well as it bestow people respect and reverence for other people. It can be stated that Sufism is extremely important in the modern world as it emphasise on purity of souls and discourages people to engage in any inhuman behaviour (Bruinessen & Howell, 2007; Ohtsuka, 1990). ...
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