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Jesse Miller: Spirituality, Form and Sufism

Jesse Miller: Spirituality, Form and Sufism

In her essay entitled “Reading Mosques: Meaning and Architecture in Islam,” Jale Nejdet Erzen describes the interpretive potential of the myriad architectural symbols that permeate worshippers’ experiences of mosques. She writes, “Explaining the aesthetics of mosques through symbols reinforces [the idea that] each symbol can be read differently according to the changing experience and imagination(…)

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Jesse Miller: Sufism and the Jawshan Kabir Supplication Text

Jesse Miller: Sufism and the Jawshan Kabir Supplication Text

Prayer thirty-one of the Jawshan Kabir contains an apparent contradiction that threatens to confound the logic of and question the assumptions behind the supplications the text contains. Line nine of this prayer reads, “O He of whom everything is in need, while He is never in need of anything, not even food or drink” (p.(…)

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Jesse Miller: Sufism’s Relevance to Contemporary Life

Jesse Miller: Sufism’s Relevance to Contemporary Life

In today’s postmodern, globalized and politically charged landscape, religious life labors to appear in the foreground of popular, media-driven worldviews. In fact, usually religion, particularly Islam, reaches a mass audience through representations of political narratives that are potentially dangerous. And as the history of Islam has shown, practices and conceptions of religion stray from their(…)

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Jesse Miller: Fundamental Concepts of Sufism

Jesse Miller: Fundamental Concepts of Sufism

The fundamental unit on which Sufism is based is the self. For Sufis, the inner cosmos of every individual human being vastly outsizes the inter-galactic cosmos that makes up the material universe. Therefore, in order to find truth within life and re-forge or remember the primordial relationship with the divine (before the expulsion from Eden),(…)

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Jesse Miller: Political, Social and Natural Causes of Islamic Mysticism

Jesse Miller: Political, Social and Natural Causes of Islamic Mysticism

In Introduction to Sufism: The Inner Path of Islam, EricGeoffroy traces the origins of Islamic Mysticism to the eighth century. According to Geoffroy, Muslims responded to the highly “worldly” nature of the Umayyad dynasty and to the spiritual injustices that it perpetuated. Specifically, they adapted their religious lives to rebel against a newly imposed power(…)

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Jesse Miller: Sufi Role Models and The Quest for Unity

Jesse Miller: Sufi Role Models and The Quest for Unity

Sufis seek to succeed in completing a specific narrative throughout the span of their existence in order to reach The Real or The Center, the intangible embodiment of divine truth. This journey originates in the pure, unified love of God’s creation, then passes through the human realm of logical distinction and terminates in an annihilation(…)

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