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America

Mark Sedgwick

in Against the Modern World

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152975
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152972.003.0009
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This chapter completes the history of Schuon’s Maryamiyya (formerly the Alawiyya), covering events from the 1970s to Schuon’s death in 1998. It considers the spread of the Maryamiyya, its involvement with two best-selling writers (one a Catholic monk, Thomas Merton, and the other a scholar, Huston Smith), and its influence through the books and other activities of Schuon’s followers. The chapter ends with a discussion of the controversial community around Schuon in Bloomington, Indiana, during the 1990s. This stage of the Maryamiyya’s history is notable for Native American “Indian” influences and for sacred nudity.

Keywords: Maryamiyya; Merton; Huston Smith; best-seller; Schuon; Native American; Indian; nudity

Chapter.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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