By Jamal Malik, John Hinnells
With the expanding Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism – intellectually in addition to sociologically – may well ultimately develop into Islam itself as a result of its flexible power. even supposing Sufism has constantly provoked substantial curiosity within the West, no quantity has thus far been written which discusses this point of Islam by way of the way it is practised in Western societies. Bringing together major overseas gurus to survey the historical past of Islamic mysticism in North the US and Europe, this e-book elaborates the guidelines and associations which set up Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters disguise: the orders and hobbies their social base association and institutionalization recruitment-patterns in new environments channels of disseminating principles, equivalent to ritual, air of secrecy, and association purposes for his or her reputation between sure social teams the character in their association with the international locations in their starting place. delivering a desirable perception into how Sufism operates inside assorted spheres of society, Sufism within the West is crucial studying for college kids and teachers with study pursuits in Islam, Islamic background and social anthropology.