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Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download. ‘Mysticism’ has been a highly popular category in the academic study of religion since the beginning of the twentieth century. During the last few decades, however, the category has come under widespread criticism for its essentialist assumptions. The claim that mystical experiences are at once private, unmediated and ineffable yet universally present in all human religiosity has been exposed as a modern Euro-American construction with a peculiar history of its own, and ‘mysticism was returned to the conditioning webs of history, culture, and language’ by its new critics.

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download

1 More recently, the same criticism was also extended to ‘spirituality’, the category that has come to enjoy widespread popularity during the last quarter-century.2 As a result, any historically uncontextualised use of mysticism or spirituality as if these were self-evident, uncontested, and universally applicable categories now appears problematic and even unwarranted, if not downright naive.

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download

But if it is no longer possible to view mysticism and spirituality as general analytical categories abstracted from historical and cultural context, what can be said about the study of the ‘mystical and spiritual dimensions’ of individual religious traditions? What is the relevance of the historicist criticism for the academic scrutiny of religion-specifi c mysticisms and spiritualities?.

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download

The answer lies in acknowledging the primacy of the ‘conditioning webs’ of history and culture also at this level. Each religious tradition can certainly be said to contain mystical and spiritual dimensions, yet the exact content and meaning of these dimensions should not be conceived as unchanging essences; instead, the mystical and the spiritual need to be discovered, described and analysed in particular contexts.

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T Karamustafa pdf free download

Sufism The Formative Period by Ahmet T. Karamustafa pdf free download


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