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Seminar 9:
Sufism: The spiritual dimension of Islam


Sufism is the attempt in Islam at awareness of the mystery that is Allah or God. The Sufi seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain union with or absorption into God, and believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths beyond understanding.

This talk will begin by considering the development of Sufism, its roots, key concerns, trends and practices, with particular focus on the tension between Sufism and Orthodox Islam. Then, by looking at various passages from Sufi literature, it will comment on some of the various schools or forms of Sufism, how their sense of the divine is expressed, and the differences between those considered orthodox and those that are not.

DateWednesday 8 August
Time7.30 - 9.30 pm
VenueSt Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne
Cost$15 (includes light refreshment)

Conductor: Associate Prof Abdullah Saeed,
Dept of Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne,

together with

Rehda Ameur,
PhD student in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne



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