Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Popular Sufism

In the rather unlikely event that you have an interest in Sufism (or in the slightly more likely event you're curious about persecution of these poetic, tolerant Moslems by their fundamentalist co-religionists), this article, reprinted from the December 18 Economist, is quite interesting. It describes Sufism as it's actually practiced by a great many people in South Asia, which is in stark contrast to the classical, mystical Sufism Westerners hear about.

Actually, a better link for the article is here, on the Economist's own site, where you can also see the photos.

After reading the article, you may want to read the interesting comments (beneath the article) on that first site. There's also a lengthy comment posted by me, at the bottom.

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