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Lecture 10

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Sufism -trying to get a direct access to the divine, an immediate analysis -within the Islamic world, some people view Sufism as a positive thing, others view it as a negative -Some might look at Sufism as an authentic part of their tradition, but others may look at it as a innovation (not a good thing) -One clear instinction in Sufism is waking/sleeping (not clear about the things they have with God) -found in both sunnis and shi'as traditions -has been banned in contexts -In the Sufi tradition, Muhammad is viewed as the perfect Sufi hierarchy -- God, Prophets, Waki, "Heart of Islam" -From an academic perspective, it is an essential part of Islam -the tradition itself will trace it Friends of God Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an Ex: To GOD belongs the east and the west; wherever you go there will be the presence of GOD. GOD is Omnipresent, Omniscient Muhammad and Night Journey Prototype -"Wood" - asceticism (people who sit for a long time in the same position) Fana and Baqa -fana - annihilation -baqa - subsistence -emptying/filling "I Am Al
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