American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Islamic mysticism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mystical system of the sufis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A refined mysticism among certain classes of Mohammedans, particularly in Persia, who hold to a kind of pantheism and practice extreme asceticism in their lives.
- n. Islamic mysticism
- Sufi + -ism (Wiktionary)
“In Arabic the word Marifa literally means knowledge, though in Sufism it refers to experiential devout hold in particular.”
“Sufism is a mystical interpretation of Islam marked by a more tolerant mind-set than the hard-line version favored by the Pakistani Taliban.”
“Wikipedia says that Sufism is generally understood to be the inner, mystical dimension of Islam.”
“Doris says, Sufism is something you experience on your own.”
“Doris Lessing revisited her interest in Sufism in the Time Bites (2004) collection of essays.”
“Maybe I've been influenced by Sufi poetry too much, but I understand the Muslim Allah to be transcendent even of gender - in Sufism, Allah is referred to as both Lover and Beloved - active and passive.”
“The word Sufism was not known at the time of the Messenger or the Sahaabah or the Taabieen.”
“Most of my knowledge of Sufism comes from the English-language writings of Idris Shah, and I have no way of knowing if he's a "typical" Sufi, or if that adjective has any meaning when talking about the People of the Path.”
“However, in certain branches of Islam - such as Sufism, which is dominant in”
“However, in certain branches of Islam - such as Sufism, which is dominant in Pakistan and”
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