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dc.contributor.authorWhite, Svend Akram
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T16:22:49Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T16:22:49Z
dc.date.issued2008-12
dc.identifier.otherwhite_svend_a_200812_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/white_svend_a_200812_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25357
dc.description.abstractWestern sociologists have often viewed Sufi saints and Islamic mysticism in general through lenses that obscure the vibrant and multi-faceted sociological role long played by Sufi saints in Islamic societies. Sociologists have, thanks in part to the influence of Max Weber (d. 1920), often greatly underestimate the place of saints in Islamic tradition. Two of Weber’s most important later disciples—Ernest Gellner (d. 1995 CE) and Clifford Geertz (d. 2006 CE)—corrected some of Weber’s more serious errors, but in doing so have each in their own way injected other own misconceptions into scholarly discussions of Sufism. A review of core tenets of Sufism on sainthood as developed and elaborated on by the great medieval mystics Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī (d. 910 CE) and Ibn `Arabī (d. 1320 CE) reveals important limitations to Weberian categories vis-à-vis Islamic mysticism and highlights the need for more holistic and less Eurocentric approaches to sociological studies of Islam and Sufism.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSufism
dc.subjectIslam
dc.subjectSainthood
dc.subjectSanctity
dc.subjectSaints
dc.subjectWalī
dc.subjectAwlīyāʿ
dc.subjectAbdāl
dc.subjectMaraboutism
dc.subjectMystics
dc.subjectMysticism
dc.subjectIbn ʿArabī
dc.subjectḤakīm al-Tirmidhī
dc.subjectSeal of Saints
dc.subjectProphetic Inheritance
dc.subjectSociology of Religion
dc.subjectSociology of Islam
dc.subjectSociology of Sufism
dc.subjectMuslims
dc.subjectMa
dc.titleSociologists and Sufis
dc.title.alternativea reassessment of sainthood in early Sufism in light of new developments in sociology
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentReligion
dc.description.majorReligion
dc.description.advisorAlan Godlas
dc.description.committeeAlan Godlas
dc.description.committeeKenneth Honerkamp
dc.description.committeeAlan Godlas


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