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Notes 1019 - 19 October 2010 Religion 161 Islam SUFISM i t was separate from the normal lives of Muslims until the 19th Centu ry i t is the

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19 October 2010 Religion 161: Islam SUFISM it was separate from the normal lives of Muslims until the 19 th Century it is the inter-mystical part of Islam the marrow of the bone of Islam inner, esoteric dimension of Islam the word is Arabic earliest reference was in the 8 th Century people in Iraq were referred to as Sufis it was not there at the beginning of Islam but neither were many other accepted parts of the Islamic tradition the usage of the term begins then but the reality goes back to the time of the Prophey originates with the Prophet Sufis were very pious and developed a deep love of God the reality is seen even by Muslims as going back to the origin of the religion sufi / tasawwuf greek work sophos or sophia meaning wisdom exists in Arabic but it has a soft “s” like philosophy. ..most likely Sufi didn't come from that term suf means wool in Arabic closest thing in entomology to the world Sufi many believe this is where the word comes from the earliest word to describe sufis in Persia was a word meaning wool safa means purity in Arabic could have been derived from this world saff were the foremost in the community, the first row literally translated the most senior and pious stand on the front line and the younger stand in the back suffah means bench there was a bench outside the mosque of the Prophet and the most knowledgeable and wise members would sit on the bench and answer questions after prayer Sufis themselves believe that the word is too primordial to have come for anything
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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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Notes 1019 - 19 October 2010 Religion 161 Islam SUFISM i t was separate from the normal lives of Muslims until the 19th Centu ry i t is the

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