The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony by Stephen Schwartz

By Stephen Schwartz

This eye-opening, insightful exploration of Sufism, the non secular culture that has supported Islam for greater than 1000 years, indicates why it bargains a promising origin for reconciliation among the Western and Muslim worlds.

Many american citizens this day establish Islam with maniacal hatred of the West. The different Islam transforms this photo and opens tips to discovering universal flooring in our bothered occasions. Sufism, a mix of the magical and rational traits inside of Islam, emerged quickly after the revelation of Muhammad. A reforming circulate opposed to the expanding worldliness of Muslim society, it makes a speciality of Islam's religious size. defined as "Islam of the Heart," Sufism has attracted adherents between either Sunni and Shi'a Muslims, in addition to Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists.
In The different Islam, Stephen Schwartz lines the origins and heritage of Sufism, elucidates its teachings, and illustrates its hyperlinks to the opposite religions. He reviews on such celebrated Sufi poets and philosophers as Rumi and Al-Ghazali, and narrates their impression at the Kabbalah, at the descendants of the Jewish thinker Maimonides, and on Christian mystics like Saint John of the pass and Saint Teresa of Ávila in addition to the yank transcendentalists.
Furthermore, Schwartz provides a clean survey of Sufism in today's Islamic global, looking ahead to an highbrow renaissance of the religion and choices to fundamentalism and tyranny in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran.

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The Dispute over the Runaway W i f e " ) . 5 ' See p. 16 above. THE ADEN PROTECTORATE 21 get judicial divorce or dissolution of marriage for either cruelty or physical desertion. 1 In case of repeated cruelty, however, he admitted that she might be entitled to refuse to leave her own people to accompany him to his tribe. But much difference of opinion prevails among Qadis on both these last two points. Annulment of marriage on the grounds of the disease of either party is allowed according to ordinary Shafi'i principles.

4 As for the new Qu'aytl Criminal Code, the chief Qadi of Mukalla had visited Hadramaut just before my own arrival to win support for its provisions. Some 1 Edict No. 1367 of 11 July, 1940. p. also arts. 14 and 15 of the Decree of 1942 (p. 17 above). , champions of the rights and dignity of the family of the Prophet. * T h e usual rule for ascertaining which of any variant views is "authoritative " is to follow the " T w o Sheikhs "—al-Nawawi and al-Rafi'I; while, if they differ, al-Nawawi is to be preferred.

5 of 1940, art. 2. This conforms to good Islamic precedents. 11 Decree No. 4 of 1940, art. 7. " Ibid. art. 3. 1 2 PART I! 1 In the event the judge in due course returned to India and no successor has yet been appointed. 2 Unhappily, too, the Qadis' courts do not enjoy a very high repute locally, and instances have occurred of a Qadi being left in one District far too long. There have been three comparatively recent developments of outstanding juristic interest in the Sultanate, each of which demands comparatively detailed notice.

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