7. Sufism: The Mystical Strain in Islam
Aaron W. Hughes [+]
University of Rochester
The chapter begins with a definition and understanding of mysticism in general before attempting to locate Islamic mysticism (Sufism) within this understanding. It provides various accounts for the possible origins of Sufism, and then surveys some of the main individuals and teachings associated with the tradition. The chapter ends by describing some of the criticisms of Sufism from more conservative interpretations of Islam.