Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan by Kenneth P Lizzio

By Kenneth P Lizzio

Winner of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award!

within the West, Islam has changed Communism because the new bugbear, whereas Sufism, Islam’s mystical measurement, is usually pushed aside because the delusions of an irrational and backward humans. Ken Lizzio corrects such misperceptions during this firsthand account of the 12 months he spent in 1991 dwelling with the top of the Naqshbandis, Afghanistan’s biggest Sufi order. He provides the order in all its dimensions—social, fiscal, political, and spiritual—at a pivotal second in background. He additionally provides an extraordinary glimpse of lifestyle in an Afghan Sufi university and of ways the college has coped with the upheavals in its country.

Poignantly, the Naqshbandi lifestyle faces threats to its very life. One danger lies within the creeping secularization of Islamic society, one other within the dismissal of Sufism by means of numerous fundamentalist Islamic sects claiming the franchise on fact. yet traditionally, Lizzio issues out, Sufism has regularly been Islam’s wellspring for religious revival. and since Sufis deal in issues that go beyond time and cultures, they assist outsiders comprehend not just the real nature of Islam, however the deeper which means of all religions. The sound of that that means echoes all through this eloquent and engaging memoir.

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