Could Sufi Islam Make A Comeback?
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  • Corlyss

    I’m a HUGE Rumi fan. It’s hard to believe he and jihadis subscribe to the same religion.

    • Grigalem

      Torquemada and Mother Teresa.

  • Lorenz Gude

    I certainly think that Islamism is not just politicized Islam it is Islam infected with a variant of the totalitarianism that broke out in the first half of the 20th century with fascism and communism. The Muslim Brotherhood, the founding organization of Islamism, was started in Egypt in the 30s directly inspired by those movements which looked, at the time, to be the wave of the future. But they both ultimately failed, I believe in part, because it is difficult to sustain the high level of fanaticism required to maintain ‘the rage’. I notice that Japan, the former Soviet Union, and China are in demographic decline. So is Iran – the first country where Islamism came to power.

    That said, I have had significant contact with Sufism and put it this way: when the Sufis I’ve known say that the only jihad you ever win is the one on the inside I take them at their word. They mean it; they are not just blowing smoke.

  • wigwag

    Conservative Judaism could make a comeback. So could the American Episcopal Church and maybe even the Presbyterians. If they can do it, so can the Sufis.

    I would advise against holding your breath though.

  • Zhulfiqar

    I think you should take a closer look at Sufi insurgent or outright terrorist organizations. The best example is probably JRTN in Iraq, but you can see examples in Chechnya, Pakistan etc. Indeed, Sufi orders led a number of insurgencies dating back at least to the 19th century.
    To make a long story short, Sufis aren’t teddybears.

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