Sufi and `Irfan Links

Sufism is a set of Traditions related to Islamic Mysticism

Sufism is the attempt of the individual mystic to achieve union with the divine Beloved, the Absolute from which human beings are separated by their base selves. It typically involves a regimen of at least moderate self-denial, regular prayers, supplications, and the recitation of spiritual formulas and the divine names, and group chanting and textual study. Among the greatest of Sufis were Rabi`a of Baghdad, Junayd, al-Hallaj, Bayazid Bistami, al-Ghazali, Ibn al-`Arabi and Jalalu'd-Din Rumi. `Irfan is a later, especially Iranian and Shi`ite tradition of mysticism that is more individualist and more metaphysically oriented than many of the formal Sufi orders in Sunnism. Great figures here include Mir Damad, Mulla Sadra, Muhsin Fayz Kashani, and Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i.

Sufism Links

  Cole papers on the `Irfan (mysticism) of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i (1753-1826)

  Threshold Society Mevlevi Page

  Nimatu'llahi Sufi Order

  Sufi Women Organization

  Sufi Internet Resources


  Islamic Sufi Orders on the World Wide Web

  Rumi Homepage

  Muhyi'd-Din Ibn `Arabi Society

  Alt.Sufi Newsgroup

  Mysticism and Sufism

  Cyber Khaniqah (Mulla Sadra, Rumi, Babi-Bahai figures, etc.)

Scholarly Articles on Sufism

  Michael A. Sells, "Toward a Multi-Dimensional Understanding of Islam: The Poetic Key"Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 64, no. 1 (1996) [Needs Panorama Plug-in)

  Margaret Malamud, "Gender and Spiritual Self-Fashioning: The Master-Disciple Relationship in Classical Sufism," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 64, no. 1 (1996) [Needs Panorama Plug-in)

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