Charismatic Leadership in Islam
2019 | 86pp | ISBN: 9781913363123
The Powerful Position of Sufi Shaikhs in Bosnia
To understand Islam, one must understand the people who practice their faith. Consequently, this book is a detailed ethnographic study of two contemporary Sufi communities. It explores the perplexing range of theological and ritual variation, arguing for a direct correlation between Sufi multiformity and the Agency of the spiritual leader, the Shaikh. He is principally responsible for shaping the community under his leadership.
This work gives fascinating close-up pictures of the roles of two Sufi leaders. It is arresting both for the two stories themselves, and for the stark differences between them.