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Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology

Yannis Toussulis Robert Abdul Hayy Darr
4.1/5 (22 ratings)
This is a definitive book on the Sufki way of blame that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the way of blame is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of blame. Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself, he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.
Language
English
Pages
280
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Quest Books
Release
April 01, 2011
ISBN
0835608646
ISBN 13
9780835608640

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology

Yannis Toussulis Robert Abdul Hayy Darr
4.1/5 (22 ratings)
This is a definitive book on the Sufki way of blame that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the way of blame is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of blame. Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself, he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.
Language
English
Pages
280
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Quest Books
Release
April 01, 2011
ISBN
0835608646
ISBN 13
9780835608640

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