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Key Concepts In The Practice Of Sufism

Author : Fethullah Gülen
ISBN : 1932099239
Genre : Religion
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The origin of Sufism -- Self criticism; Reflection; Privacy and seclusion; Heart; Hope or expectation; Asceticism. People follow the Sufi path when they sense that Islam has a deeper dimension. The resulting self-purification leads to this inner dimension of Islamic rituals, a deeper understanding of the Divine acts, and a greater knowledge and love of Him. After this, God draws the novice to Himself. With the help of a spiritual guide, the novice begins the life-long journey back to God. This continual process of spiritual development along a path of the innate human poverty, helplessness, and powerlessness before God is undertaken in the knowledge that everything comes from God. Each novice does what is necessary to grow spiritually, and God bestows the appropriate blessings and stations. "The highest aim of creation and its most sublime result is belief in God. The most exalted rank of humanity is knowledge of God. The most radiant happiness and sweetest bounty for jinn and humanity is love of God contained within the knowledge of God; the purest joy for the human spirit and the purest delight for the human heart is spiritual ecstasy contained within the love of God. Indeed, all true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and unclouded pleasure are contained within the knowledge and love of God." And Sufism is the school where people can realise the highest aim of creation.
Category: Religion

Toward An Islamic Enlightenment

Author : M. Hakan Yavuz
ISBN : 9780199927999
Genre : Philosophy
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M. Hakan Yavuz offers an insightful and wide-ranging study of the Gulen Movement, one of the most controversial developments in contemporary Islam. Founded in Turkey by the Muslim thinker Fethullah Gulen, the Gulen Movement aims to disseminate a ''moderate'' interpretation of Islam through faith-based education. Its activities have fundamentally altered religious and political discourse in Turkey in recent decades, and its schools and other institutions have been established throughout Central Asia and the Balkans, as well as western Europe and North America. Consequently, its goals and modus operandi have come under increasing scrutiny around the world. Yavuz introduces readers to the movement, its leader, its philosophies, and its practical applications. After recounting Gulen's personal history, he analyzes Gulen's theological outlook, the structure of the movement, its educational premise and promise, its financial structure, and its contributions (particularly to debates in the Turkish public sphere), its scientific outlook, and its role in interfaith dialogue. Towards an Islamic Enlightenment shows the many facets of the movement, arguing that it is marked by an identity paradox: despite its tremendous contribution to the introduction of a moderate, peaceful, and modern Islamic outlook-so different from the Iranian or Saudi forms of radical and political Islam-the Gulen Movement is at once liberal and communitarian, provoking both hope and fear in its works and influence.
Category: Philosophy

Fethullah Gulen

Author : Jon Pahl
ISBN : 9781682065259
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this first ever life story of Fethullah Gülen, Jon Pahl explores the story of one of the most controversial figures of our times both as the personal biography of the person from Turkey to the United States and the public biography of the social movement he has inspired.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Heritage Of Sufism Volume 2

Author : Leonard Lewisohn
ISBN : 9781786075284
Genre : Religion
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This collection - the second of a three-volume study - examines the roots of the artistic, literary and cultural renaissance of Sufism from the 12th to the 15th centuries. It includes essays on Rumi's poetry and imagery; Sufi music and the idea of ecstacy; sainthood and Neoplatonism; comparative metaphysics and literature; and unity of religion theory in Sufi philosophy.
Category: Religion

A Life In Tears

Author : Salih Yucel
ISBN : 9781597849739
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Fethullah Gülen is a leading figure in the current Turkish socio-political context. Regardless of the impression different circles have about him, he is universally acknowledged as an accomplished scholar and independent thinker who has had a life in tears dreaming of a “golden generation,” but also a life spent in persecution and ongoing trials. This book goes beyond the current controversy around his name, and tries to explore Gülen as a scholar around his certain personal traits and some of the key concepts he has been emphasizing over the years to mobilize his audience. Based on a research that covers over seventy books, 564 sermons, over 500 talks by Gülen, more than fifty interviews of his close associates and friends aired on TV networks, and the author's personal observations, this book is a useful reference for those who study scholarly traditions of Islam in general and Fethullah Gülen in particular.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Muslims Vol 2

Author : Andrew Rippin
ISBN : 9781134948956
Genre : Religion
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Looks at modern Muslim views on religious authority, including feminism's `new' Islam and shows how these views affect the perception of the Qur'an and the figure of Muhammad in the traditional practice of Islam.
Category: Religion

Annuaire Des Organisations Internationales

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ISBN : MINN:31951D02131368Z
Genre : International agencies
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Beginning in 1983/84 published in 3 vols., with expansion to 6 vols. by 2007/2008: vol. 1--Organization descriptions and cross references; vol. 2--Geographic volume: international organization participation; vol. 3--Subject volume; vol. 4--Bibliography and resources; vol. 5--Statistics, visualizations and patterns; vol. 6--Who's who in international organizations. (From year to year some slight variations in naming of the volumes).
Category: International agencies

Struggle For Hegemony In India 1920 47

Author : Bhagwan Josh
ISBN : 0803994397
Genre : Social Science
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India's struggle for independence has been studied and examined extensively. Most of the literature has considered the state, the national movement, and the role of the left as three separate struggles for freedom. Until now. Based on political theorist Antonio Gramsci's hegemonic concepts, the Struggle for Hegemony in India combines and sharpens the various perspectives of India's history--the colonial state, the various political parties, the trade unions, and the mobilization of the work force--to form a cohesive whole. The authors confront and explore the Communist Party of India during the freedom struggle (1920-1947) and reconstruct its interaction with the various social and political groups. This outstanding study will command the interest of both graduate students and academics in history, sociology, and political science. "This book is bound to cause controversy among leftist students of Indian nationalism.... The most remarkable quality of Josh's book is that it has been able to tell a controversial story with great plausibility. However, unusual for a marxist to articulate such a view of Indian nationalist politics, he makes it a highly persuasive account, and it is underpinned by a theory which is certainly impeccably marxist in its origins, if not in the conclusions it is made to support. He also achieves a commendable balance between the detailed empirical accounts of Congress policies, debates among the radicals, the politics of the ministerial government in the provinces after 1935, and his theoretical commentary on what is going on, within one single narrative frame.... An interesting contribution to the history of Indian nationalism." --Asian Affairs "Scholarly and detailed exposition." --Indian Book Chronicle "Presented in a magisterial style" --The Vishvabharati Quarterly " A vigorously-argued account" --South Asia "As a critique of the policies of the communists during the national movement, Struggle for Hegemony in India is a well documented study." --Seminar "[This] work is an important contribution to the historiography of our freedom struggle. It helps us understand and critically appraise the Indian Left in a much better way." --The Metropolis
Category: Social Science

Index Islamicus

Author : Heather Bleaney
ISBN : UCAL:B4912628
Genre : Architecture
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A bibliography of books, articles and reviews on Islam and the Muslim world which were published in the year 2001 with additions from 1993-2000. This annual volume is published as part of the 2002 subscription. It supersedes the advance issues published in 2001, as well as containing much data not previously published in Index Islamicus.
Category: Architecture