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Author Johansen, Julian.

Title Sufism and Islamic reform in Egypt : the battle for Islamic tradition / Julian Johansen
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996


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 MELB  297.4 Joh/Sai  AVAILABLE
Description 323 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Oxford Oriental monographs ; new ser., 1
Oxford Oriental monographs (Unnumbered)
Contents 1. Sufism and Reform -- 2. The 'Ashira Muhammadiyya and the Muhammadiyya Shadhiliyya Order -- 3. The 'Ashira and the Tariqa, in Public and Private -- 4. Festivities, Reform, and Tension in Tradition -- 5. The Prophet -- 6. The Miracles of the Prophet -- 7. Ideal and Image of Orthodoxy -- 8. The Alphabet of Sufism -- 9. Regular Meetings and Seasonal Celebrations -- 10. 'Conversion', Initiation, and Succession -- Appendix A: Documents Confirming the Issue of a Licence (Ijaza) to Practise Sufi Activities in the Name of the Muhammadiyya Shadhiliyya -- Appendix B: The Sufi Ordinance (La'iha Sufiyya) of 1976 -- Appendix C: The Executive Ordinance (La'iha Tanfidhiyya) of 1978
Summary "One of the most important tendencies in the Islamic world, Sufism has had a long and active history. Yet it has been no stranger to controversy. This has been particularly pronounced in modern times, as radical Islamic groups and modernist reformers have sought to identify Sufism as a source of either unwelcome innovation or reactionary superstition. This book focuses on the efforts of the Sufis of Egypt, expressed in the writings of one of the order's sheikhs, to meet the critical challenge. The sheikh offers a vigorous defence of Sufism in the context of controversial issues such as festivals, processions, congregational invocation, and the principle of guidance by the sheikh. He also touches on broader issues such as the metaphysical status of the Prophet and the question of miracles, considering these in a characteristically Sufi light. However, he also downplays or reworks certain key elements of Sufi belief and practice in an attempt to forestall hostile criticism. In this book Dr Johansen discusses these ideas and places them in a broader context, basing his analysis on material recorded at Sufi gatherings in Cairo between 1988 and 1990, as well as published and unpublished texts."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--1991
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-312) and index
Subject ʻAshīrah al-Muḥammadīyah (Egypt)
Shādhilīyah -- Egypt.
LC no. 95024660
ISBN 0198267576 (cloth : acid-free paper)