Lecture 9 - March 29th, 2011 - March 29th 2011 Tasneem Master World Religions Western Traditions RLGA02 Lecture 9 Sufism Mystical tradition of Islam

Lecture 9 - March 29th, 2011 - March 29th 2011 Tasneem...

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Tasneem Master March 29 th , 2011 World Religions Western Traditions RLGA02 – Lecture 9 Sufism: - Mystical tradition of Islam – heart of Islam (from within) - Traces back to the earliest times – experience of the prophet - In shia and Sunni Islam - More like a style or attitude - Not accepted as a bonifide component – banned in certain countries - Ground their wisdom in the Quran - Try to see and experience God - Look at their own self or ego with suspicion - Halaj – claiming the identity of ‘al haqq’ – the truth o Claiming identity with the divine o If he has successfully moved away from himself o Seeing the world from the view of the divine - Intoxicated Sufi – distorted experiences - Grounded in a strong master student relationship – mershid or sheikhs o Master knows the wisdom
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Unformatted text preview: o Absolute obedience of students o Trust o Obedience is integral and politically problematic – traditional Muslim perspective – controversial o Give up ego and narcissism -Mevlevi – whirling dervishes o Centered in Turkey o Rumi – highest selling poetry – incredibly influential – sufi of the heart o For many westerners – access to Islam -Dhikr: the remembrance of god – meditative practice o Prayer o A repeated utterance – like a mantra o Movement towards god – or an awareness of the presence of the divine-Forgetfulness and remembrance – spiritual awake-Ibn Arabi: o Sufi of the mind o Philosopher/ intellectual o Didn’t just have singular careers – multiple hats o He doesn’t limit and define God – Modernity -...
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