The Alphabet of Sufism

Julian Johansen

in Sufism and Islamic Reform in Egypt

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198267577
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683305 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oriental Monographs

The Alphabet of Sufism

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This chapter focuses once more on the works of Sheikh Muṭammad Zakī Ibrāhīm. The work under consideration is presented to the reader as the ‘last word’ on the subject of Sufism, as is clear from its title, ‘The Alphabet of Islamic Sufism’. The presentation of the more controversial aspects of the religious discourse highlights the role of Sheikh Muṭammad as the defender of Ṣūfī tradition, and suggests the vindication of sanctity and learning in debate. The preface, introduction, questions and answers of Abjadiyya are shown. A discussion on Khiṭāb Ṣūfī jāmi' is provided. Sheikh Muṭammad's definitive statement on the enemies of Sufism is also considered.

Keywords: Sufism; Sheikh Muṭammad Zakī Ibrāhīm; Ṣūfī tradition; Khiṭāb Ṣūfī jāmi'; enemies

Chapter.  16504 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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