Week 9 Monday November 5
Islamic Mysticism or Sufism
Tariqah vs Shari‟ah
Associated with spiritual meaning and path – it is not a sect. It‟s about the
meaning and beyond what we just see. Interested in what is hidden.
Away from „ulama‟s formalized religion. Sufism is not about form, but
about the content. Critics concerned that this goes against the idea of
Search for passion and spontaneity. It‟s not just believing with their mind
but feeling with their heart.
The quran and the prophet as sources. They don‟t look for other sources.
Ali as inspiration – he is the first imam. It is believed that he is the very
meaning of prophecy – the closest one to get to God.
Spiritual interpretation of the quran
Zahir vs. batin (exoteric vs esoteric)
Constant remembrance of God. Feels that we should always be
remembering God and that he should always be present in our minds
The word as manifestation and sign.