Beshara and Ibn 'Arabi: A Movement of Sufi Spirituality in the Modern World

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Anqa Publishing, 2010 - Religion - 480 pages

Investigating Sufi-inspired spirituality in the modern world, this interdisciplinary text combines cultural study with solid data to provide a comprehensive look at how the teachings of Ibn ?Arabi have been adopted and adapted by Muslims and non-Muslims. At the heart of this movement is the Beshara School in Scotland, founded in the 1960s, and now a center of international scholarship. Using the school as a case study, the discussion describes its emergence and evolution, its approach to spiritual education, the origins of its spiritual teacher, its major teachings and practices, and its projection of Ibn ?Arabi. Both rigorous and very timely, this effort points to areas of cultural exchange between East and West and highlights commonalities in the various historical changes both societies have undergone.


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Acknowledgements ix
Setting the scene
Emergence and history
texts and contexts
Bulent Rauf as guiding figure
The Beshara perspective and the teaching of Ibn Arabi
culture and practice
origins and adaptations

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Suha Taji-Farouki is a senior lecturer in modern Islam at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Exeter and research associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies?London. She is the editor of Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century and Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur'an.

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