Definition of Sufism in English:



mass noun
  • The mystical system of the Sufis.

    • ‘Some have found a balm in the practice of Sufism, the mystical strain of Islam famous for its poetry, hypnotic music and dance.’
    • ‘He is a prolific writer on the subjects such as ethics, Sufism and comparative religion and has taught at the Vishwabharati University, Shantiniketan.’
    • ‘He teaches Islam and Sufism at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew's Church and at New York Seminary.’
    • ‘Her later work, both poetry and visual art, reflects her growing interest in mysticism, especially Sufism.’
    • ‘Mainstream contemporary Muslims do not accept Sufism as an Islamic thought and its interpretation of Koran is not considered acceptable by the orthodox Muslims.’
    • ‘It is a popular and accepted practice in traditional Islam, which is strongly influenced by Sufism, but would be frowned upon by modernist Muslims.’
    • ‘She spends a full chapter describing Sufism, the Islamic mystical tradition, to show it as an attractive Muslim alternative to today's extremism.’
    • ‘Imam Ghazali perhaps found certainty in Sufism contained within the folds of Islamic principles, though Armstrong would dismiss it away as a neurotic experience of the mind.’
    • ‘Although my language reflects a Hinduism cross-fertilised by Buddhism, these ideas are also in accord with Sufism, mystical Christianity and nature based religions.’
    • ‘Fix is a solo piece inspired by whirling dervishes and Sufism.’
    • ‘But the specific Sufism from which the whirling dervishes originated, which is Turkish, is as simple as this.’
    • ‘Hounslow mosque has a reputation as a moderate institution influenced by a deeply mystical form Islam known as Sufism, based on meditation and prayer.’
    • ‘After all, it took several centuries for Sufism to become integrated into the so-called mainstream Islam.’
    • ‘Wack had been strongly influenced by the mystic philosopher George Gurdjieff, who had imported a form of Sufism - a mystical branch of Islam - into the West.’
    • ‘Peter Von Sivers, a leading American scholar, links the rise of the modern political movements in Islam directly to the decline of Sufism, which many would see as the spiritual heart and soul of Islam.’
    • ‘The solution again seems to be to live with the conviction that one is an adherent of Islam - a thinking Muslim - and not necessarily an adherent of conservatism, liberalism or Sufism.’
    • ‘In addition, they have long been influenced by Sufism, the mystical sect of Islam.’
    • ‘They have, at various times, embraced Hinduism, Buddhism and, since the 14th century, Islam, mostly of the Sunni variety, but with a strong overlay of mystical Sufism.’
    • ‘Miracles are an important part of popular Islam and Sufism.’
    • ‘Some believe the system was developed over several generations within the mystical traditions of Sufism, the Jewish Kabbalah, and the Christian Desert Fathers.’

Sufism is the esoteric dimension of the Islamic faith, the spiritual path to mystical union with God. A reaction against the strict formality of orthodox teaching, it reached its peak in the 13th century. There are many Sufi orders, the best known being the dervishes of Turkey