🕔August 28, 2017 11 comments

“….One important effect of the strength of Sufism in Turkey has been to temper the nature of Islamic activism. One high level member of the Jordanian government once joked to me, lamenting about his fundamentalist problems, that the Turks shouldn’t complain, they have the best Islamists. In much of the Arab world and the subcontinent Sufism was perceived by the modernizing Muslims and by religious fundamentalists as being part of the problem facing Muslim societies. Though the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt had early connections with Sufism (Hassan al-Banna in particular) with the influence of Sayyid Qutb and the eventual takeover of the intellectual apparatus of the Salafi movement in general by Wahhabism, Sufism has come under suspicion and is relatively weak in the Arab world politically and economically.”


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