In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a
spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book
investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a
regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of
issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious
globalization processes and specific sacred localities, this book
looks at the formation of Sufi movements that have migrated from
their place of origin to become global religious networks. Sufi
groups are highly differentiated and often inaccessible, so the
origins and development of Sufism in the West have not been widely
studied. Employing a comparative approach based on regional
fieldwork and case studies, this book addresses theoretical issues
and gives a comprehensive analysis of distinct communities and the
development of regional branches of Sufi orders, providing an
international perspective on Sufism in the West. With contributions
from well-known international experts on the topic, the book
addresses Sufi orders in the context of the transnational networks
in which they are operating and the constraints of the localities
in which they live. This book will be of interest to scholars and
students of religion, Islam and Sufism in particular.
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