Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Sufism and Islam: Historical & philosophical understanding of a popular religion in India
Author(s): AR Mishra
Abstract: Continuing terrorist attacks by Islamic militants, the rise of Islamic State (IS) and its atrocious activities send a message of Islam as being closed to innovative ideas and interpretative understanding. To many, it is a religion walled by dogma, impenetrable to underpinning and exposition. The fact, however, is that soon after the death of the Prophet, a spiritual movement began in Islam that believed in conquest of the self and not territories. This paper is an attempt to understand history and philosophy of this subterranean trend, more popular, and thriving despite opposition not only from clerics but a substantial number of Muslim population.