Episode 50: Sufism in an age of political Islam


Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, may bring to mind the poetry of Rumi or Turkey’s whirling dervishes, but what are its practices and beliefs? Who are its detractors in the greater Muslim world, and why do some in the West see it as a panacea for political Islam? Dr Shirin Yasar and Dr Muhammad Kamal examine the origins of and contemporary attitudes to Sufism. Presented by Ali Moore. An Asia Institute podcast.


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Dr Shirin Yasar and Dr Muhammad Kamal

Dr Shirin Yasar and Dr Muhammad Kamal