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For more than a millennium, Sufism has been the core of the spiritual experience of countless Muslims. As the chief mystical tradition of Islam, it has helped to shape the history of Islamic societies.
Although it is the Sufi face of Islam that has often appealed to Westerners, Sufis and Sufism remain mysterious to many in the West, and are still widely misunderstood. In t
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Paperback, 126 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by American University in Cairo Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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"People praise you for what they suppose is in you, 
but you must blame your soul for what you know is in it.
"

Sufism is the esoteric, inner, and mystical dimension of Islam. Based on "special devotion," devout Sufis will characterize themselves as "travellers on the path back to the maker." Many Sufis maintain that all the companions of the Prophet were Sufis, and that the first Sufi of all was Muhammad himself.

So, what's it all about? Muslims in general are supposed to follow the example of the
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May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A good read for those who know little about Sufism and it’s relation to Islam .
If you know enough this would be back to basics/refresher kind of book .
It gives a good and probably quite accurate description and insight to Sufi life.
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Mark Sedgwick graduated with an MA from the Honour School of Modern History, University of Oxford in 1986. He gained his PhD in the Department of History at the University of Bergen in 1999. He has been a Professor in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark, since 2011.

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