E. E. Smith writes about the conflict...

E. E. Smith writes about the conflicts among Sufis in Iraq and elsewhere over how to be pacifists.

There are 2 comments on the online.wsj.com story from Aug 27, 2009, titled E. E. Smith writes about the conflicts among Sufis in Iraq and elsewhere over how to be pacifists.. In it, online.wsj.com reports that:

The Naqshbandi Army takes its name from an order—or path—of Sufism, what some call the spiritual aspect of Islam. During Saddam Hussein’s reign, Sufism was tolerated in Iraq for precisely the reasons that make the Naqshbandi Army’s behavior puzzling today. As a pacific spiritual path that shied away from politics, Sufism hardly constituted a threat to Saddam’s Ba’athist regime—or any regime for that matter.

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“The Defiant Dhimmi”

Since: Apr 08

Scholar of the Obvious

#1 Aug 27, 2009
"As a school of thought based on love, Sufism has influenced Catholic and Jewish mysticism and the transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau."

Too bad it hasn't influenced the rest of Islam.


Since: Aug 09

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#2 Aug 28, 2009
I don't know Wilberhum, Sufism (which is diverse in and of itself) is pretty well ingrained in both Sunnism and Shiaism. Some of the smaller sects such as Ismailism were heavily influenced by the esoteric teachings of the Sufis as well.

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