From Shamanism to Sufism

Women, Islam and Culture in Central Asia

Author: Razia Sultanova

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848853092

Category: Religion

Page: 243

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"From shamanism to Sufism shows how women kept alive traditional Islamic religious culture in Central Asia, especially through shamanism and Sufism, even under Soviet rule when all religion was banned."--Cover, p. [2].
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The Cambridge Companion to Sufism

Author: Lloyd Ridgeon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107018307

Category: History

Page: 240

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This book traces the evolution of Sufism from the formative period to the present.
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Shamanism and Islam

Sufism, Healing Rituals and Spirits in the Muslim World

Author: Thierry Zarcone,Angela Hobart

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781848856028

Category: History

Page: 320

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The figure of the shaman has always been a prominent motif within the Islamic world, particularly in relation to the mystical domain of Sufism. Here, Thierry Zarcone and Angela Hobart offer a vigorous and authoritative exploration of the link between Islam and shamanism in contemporary Muslim culture, examining how the old practice of shamanism was combined with elements of Sufism in order to adapt to wider Islamic society. Shamanism and Islam thus surveys shamanic practices in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans, to show how the Muslim shaman, like his Siberian counterpart, cultivated personal relations with spirits to help individuals through healing and divination. It explores the complexities and variety of rituals, involving music, dance and, in some regions, epic and bardic poetry, demonstrating the close links between shamanism and the various arts of the Islamic world. This is the first in-depth exploration of "Islamized shamanism," and is a valuable contribution to the field of Islamic Studies, Religion, Anthropology, and an understanding of the Middle East more widely.
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Rausch - Trance - Ekstase

Zur Kultur psychischer Ausnahmezustände

Author: Michael Schetsche,Renate-Berenike Schmidt

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839431859

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Rausch, Trance, Ekstase: Was im Alltag als kleine Fluchten vielfältig präsent ist, wird im künstlerischen Schaffen beharrlich gewürdigt und verheißt transzendente Grenzüberschreitungen. Gleichzeitig erscheinen der »Rausch der Sinne« und andere außergewöhnliche Bewusstseinszustände immer wieder aufs Neue als Störungen der kulturellen Ordnung, die mit sozialen Problemen wie Drogensucht, religiösem Sektierertum und sexueller Ausschweifung verknüpft werden. Diese Widersprüche bilden den Ausgangspunkt des Bandes und kulminieren in der Frage, ob außergewöhnliche Bewusstseinszustände generell unvereinbar mit dem rationalen Menschenbild und den ökonomischen Organisationsprinzipien der Moderne sind. Dies betrifft nicht nur unseren Alltag, sondern berührt auch die Welt der Kunst und das religiöse Leben.
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Historical Dictionary of Sufism

Author: John Renard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810879743

Category: Religion

Page: 582

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Sufism contains a chronology, an introduction, glossary, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, major historical figures and movements, practices, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Sufism.
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Das geheime Wissen der Schamanen

Wie wir uns selbst und andere mit Energiemedizin heilen können

Author: Alberto Villoldo

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641147026

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Die Inkas, eine der größten Zivilisationen des amerikanischen Kontinents, waren nicht nur berühmte Städtebauer, sondern besaßen auch ein außergewöhnliches Medizinsystem. Ihre Schamanen entwickelten vor mehr als 5000 Jahren eine Technik, Krankheiten mit Geist und Licht zu heilen. Alberto Villoldo studierte 25 Jahre lang die heilende Macht dieser energiemedizinischen Tradition. Aufbauend auf dem alten Heilsweg, stellte er ein praktikables Programm zusammen, das es ermöglicht, sich selbst und andere zu heilen und Krankheiten zu vermeiden. Kernstück seines Konzepts sind die lichtvollen Energiefelder, die den materiellen Körper umgeben und sich im Krankheitsfall verändern. Schritt für Schritt macht Villoldo den Leser mit den Techniken vertraut, die Aura zu sehen und das Energiefeld zu harmonisieren.
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Animal and Shaman

Ancient Religions of Central Asia

Author: Julian Baldick

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780762321

Category: Altaic peoples

Page: 224

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Many of the religious practices of historical peoples, for example the Huns, Romans, Turks and Mongols derive from much older Asian traditions. The Huns, for example, practised divination through examining the bones of livestock, something which shares many affinities with the Inner Eurasian tradition of interpreting the future through studying the scorch marks on the burnt shoulder blades of sheep. This comparative study of pre-Christian and pre-Muslim religious practices of Central Asia focuses in particular on the role of animals and shamans, as well as different forms of worship and spirituality among various cultural groups: Inner Eurasia, Turks, Mongols, Tunguz and Manchus.
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From shaman to psychotherapist

a history of the treatment of mental illness

Author: Walter Bromberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 360

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Shadows of the Prophet

Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism

Author: Douglas S. Farrer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 140209356X

Category: Social Science

Page: 311

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This is the first in-depth study of the Malay martial art, silat, and the first ethnographic account of the Haqqani Islamic Sufi Order. Drawing on 12 years of research and practice, the author provides a major contribution to the study of Malay culture.
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Collection of materials

UNESCO International Forum "Culture and religion in Central Asia" (Kyrgyzstan, September, 1999).

Author: Unesco. Dept. of Intercultural Dialogue and Pluralism for a Culture of Peace,International Institute for Central Asian Studies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Asia, Central

Page: 288

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The Rise of Turkey

The Twenty-First Century's First Muslim Power

Author: Soner Cagaptay

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1612346510

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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Turkey is positioned to become the twenty-first centuryÆs first Muslim power. Based on a dynamic economy and energetic foreign policy, TurkeyÆs growing engagement with other countries has made it a key player in the newly emerging multidirectional world order. TurkeyÆs trade patterns and societal interaction with other nations have broadened and deepened dramatically in the past decade, transforming Turkey from a Cold War outpost into a significant player internationally. TurkeyÆs ascendance and the changes that have taken place under the leadership of TurkeyÆs Muslim conservative government have prompted its policymakers to craft a new vision of their role in twenty-first-century society. This developing worldview animates TurkeyÆs desire to sometimes take the lead with its co-religionists and occasionally challenge its partners in the West, while showing no inclination to become an irresponsible rising power. If it can consolidate liberal democracy at home, Turkey could also assume the role of serving as an example for the newly emerging governments brought about by the Arab Spring. The cornerstone of TurkeyÆs rise has been the governmentÆs ability to foster stable political conditions for economic growth, alongside a foreign policy that balances TurkeyÆs Muslim identity with its Western overlay, including its strong ties to the United States. Accordingly, policies that could tarnish TurkeyÆs reputation as a bastion of stability risk undermining its position between Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. This realization has been the catalyst for Ankara's careful management of Eastern and Western desires and expectations. The result is a new Turkey: a twenty-first-century Muslim power that promotes stability without the confines of a regional, European rubric.
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Introduction to Sufism

The Inner Path of Islam

Author: Eric Geoffroy,Roger Gaetani

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 1935493108

Category: Religion

Page: 219

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From Rumi's whirling dervishes in Turkey over 700 years ago, to circles of silent mystics in the West today, this book reveals the history and practices of Sufism, the ancient but still active system of Islamic mysticism which has long been the spiritual current in Islam that counterbalances fundamentalism. Eric Geoffroy is an authority on Sufism, and he shows us this increasingly popular contemplative dimension of Islam, which is little understood in the West.
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Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema

Religion and Spirituality in Film

Author: Nacim Pak-Shiraz

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848855109

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

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Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema puts the films of established masters like Abbas Kiarostami and Bahram Beyzaie and relative newcomers such as Majid Majidi, within the context of the dynamic and vibrant debates regarding the vital concepts which underpin the culture, religion and state of Iran. Pak-Shiraz analyses the ways in which religion and the sacred is depicted and alluded to in films, such as Kiarostami's The Taste of Cherry, Kamal Tabrizi's The Lizard or Majidi's The Colour of Paradise. Exploring their philosophical meanings, and tracing their roots in mysticism and Sufism, Pak-Shiraz combines both Western thought and scholarship concerning the role of religion in film, and debates amongst Iranian academics, clerics, and authorities. She thus examines the varied reactions to the ways in which religion and culture are discussed not only cinematically, but also politically, socially and philosophically. --
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The Rose and the Lotus

Sufism and Buddhism

Author: Yousef Daoud

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781450080446

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

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The Rose and the Lotus is a compendium of explorations of two of the world's largest wisdom traditions, Sufism and Buddhism, and what the practitioners of these two approaches have in common and may have to learn from each other. It includes chapters on important teaching texts, ancient and modern and the clues they give for practice, interviews with esteemed teachers such as Shaikh Kabir Helminski, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Tibetan philosopher Geshe Sonam Rinchen, as well as memories and reflections on teachers such as Javad Nurbakhsh, Idries Shah, and Inayat Khan. It includes a new look at the mystic works of Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing and their usefulness in contemplation practice. Yousef Daoud PhD, also published as Joe Martin, has been a practitioner of both Sufism and Buddhism. The author of eight books, he teaches meditation as well as spiritual performance practice. Though Sufism and Buddhism have long been treated as religious manifestations, in this fascinating book, Yousef Daoud (Joe) Martin places them squarely among the great wisdom traditions and explores a wide variety of topics relating to both Sufism and Buddhism. One of the most prolific authors for the journal "SUFI", he has done a real service for anyone concerned with spirituality and gnosis. -- Professor Jeffrey Rothschild, C.U.N.Y., Editor, SUFI On Rumi's MATHNAVI: A Stage Adaptation "Absolutely remarkable and memorable! It was as if I had gone to a party, and had been offered an entire pot of gourmet food ... but with every new bite I felt even hungrier [It] was endowed with a complex simplicity or a simple complexity! It was all very inspiring and enlightening ... It felt as if the actors analyzed Rumi's stories, lifting the veils one after another." --- Lida Saeedian, Author and co- translator of The Pocket Rumi On Parabola: Shorter Fictions "...through the tightly structured geometry of this metaphorically rich [work is] recognition of the search we undertake to fix a place for ourselves ... and try to make sense of a confusing, alienating and often combative world." Cheryl Pallant, High Performance
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The Divine in Husserl and Other Explorations

Author: Angela Ales Bello

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402089112

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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In the first part of The Divine in Husserl and Other Explorations a description is provided of Husserl’s method in order to explain how he deals with the question of God from a philosophical perspective. The results from this investigation are compared with the main contributions of the philosophers of the past. The second part focuses on the theme of religion as developed by Husserl in order to grasp the meaning of religious lived-experiences. Through an archeological excavation Husserl teaches us how to go to the bottom of the sacred and the divine in order to pinpoint their features and to comprehend their religious configurations in history. In the third part one can find the application of husserlian hyletics and noetics to the field of the archaic sacred and of the different religious experiences. Some particular themes are treated such as ecstasy, contemplation, incarnation, and the relationship between the human being and the God from a philosophical and a religious point of view.
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Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America

The Confluence and Contribution of G.I. Gurdjieff and Sufism

Author: Michael S. Pittman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441131132

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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G.I. Gurdjieff (d. 1949) remains an important, if controversial, figure in early 20th-century Western Esoteric thought. Born in the culturally diverse region of the Caucasus, Gurdjieff traveled in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in search of practical spiritual knowledge. Though oftentimes allusive, references to Sufi teachings and characters take a prominent position in Gurdjieff's work and writings. Since his death, a discourse on Gurdjieff and Sufism has developed through the contributions as well as critiques of his students and interlocutors. J.G. Bennett began an experimental 'Fourth Way' school in England in the 1970s which included the introduction of Sufi practices and teachings. In America this discourse has further expanded through the collaboration and engagement of contemporary Sufi teachers. This work does not simply demonstrate the influence of Gurdjieff and his ideas, but approaches the specific discourse on and about Gurdjieff and Sufism in the context of contemporary religious and spiritual teachings, particularly in the United States, and highlights some of the adaptive, boundary-crossing, and hybrid features that have led to the continuing influence of Sufism.
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How to Pick a Religion

Author: Trevor Barnes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444138995

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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This book is organized as a thematic consumer guide to religion, looking at the benefits (and costs) of different world religions from the viewpoint of the believer. Whether you're interested in money, sex and power, or art, science, and relaxation, How To Pick A Religion will help you identify the religion that is right for you.
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