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The Struggle for Purity: Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufism in London

  • Ingvar Svanberg
  • David Westerlund
Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Studier av inter-religiösa relationer
Volym: 34
Dokumenttyp: Bok


This essay investigates one of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi order's centres in London. Sociological theories on New Social Movements are introduced as a means of understanding the activities of the participants at the Sufi centre. Several topics and activities from the centre are presented, among them meditation rituals, physical training and aspects of the relationship between the order's sheikh and his followers. Most of the material is derived from interviews and observations. An attempt to rethink the role and in particular the study of Sufism in Western Europe concludes the essay.



  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Sufism
  • Islam
  • Naqshbandi
  • Europe
  • social movements
  • dhikr.


  • ISSN: 1650-8718

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