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notes 112 - 2 November 2010 Religion 161 Islam Spread of...

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2 November 2010 Religion 161: Islam Spread of Islam and Sufism: From the 3 rd to the 9 th Centuries, there was no name or institution for the practice of Sufism. Two cities came into being in response to the growth in prominence of Sufi masters (11 th , 12 th , and 13 th centuries): Baghdad school of sobriety emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of God (Marifah) Junayd and Muruf Karkhi were leaders in this school Ibn Arabi (end of 1000s to early 1100s) leader in the school, known as the most eloquent Khorasan (northwestern part of present day Afghanistan to southern part of central Asia as well as most of Persia) School of intoxication emphasis is on divine love Balkh, Samarqand, Harat major centers In neither school is the focus of the other school totally absent. The two schools complement each other: one focuses on knowledge, the other on love. There is no way to love God without knowing Him, but there is no way to love God without knowing Him. Both of these aspects are present in both of these schools. Divine Love is present in every step of spiritual life in Islam:
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course REL 161 taught by Professor Faghfoory during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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