In recent years Sufism has undergone something of a revival as a spiritual alternative to other manifestations of Islam. This book investigates the development of Sufism in Western societies, with a regional focus on North America and Europe. Exploring a number of issues relating to the dynamic tensions between religious globalization processes and specific sacred localities, this book looks at the formation of Sufi movements that have migrated from their place of origin to become global religious networks.

Sufi groups are highly differentiated and often inaccessible, so the origins and development of Sufism in the West have not been widely studied. Employing a comparative approach based on regional fieldwork and case studies, this book addresses theoretical issues and gives a comprehensive analysis of distinct communities and the development of regional branches of Sufi orders, providing an international perspective on Sufism in the West. With contributions from well-known international experts on the topic, the book addresses Sufi orders in the context of the transnational networks in which they are operating and the constraints of the localities in which they live.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of religion, Islam and Sufism in particular.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByMarkus Dressler, Ron Geaves, Gritt Klinkhammer

chapter 2|13 pages

Glocalization of religions

Plural authenticities at the centres and at the margins
ByPeter Beyer

chapter 3|20 pages

Global Sufism

“Theirs and ours”
ByMarcia Hermansen

chapter 4|31 pages

Globalizing the soundworld

Islam and Sufi music in the West
ByMichael Frishkopf

chapter 5|20 pages

Pluralism and authenticity

Sufi paths in post-9/11 New York
ByMarkus Dressler

chapter 6|16 pages

A case of cultural binary fission or transglobal Sufism?

The transmigration of Sufism to Britain
ByRon Geaves

chapter 7|17 pages

Playing with numbers

Sufi calculations of a perfect divine universe in Manchester 1
ByPnina Werbner

chapter 8|18 pages

The emergence of transethnic Sufism in Germany

From mysticism to authenticity
ByGritt Klinkhammer

chapter 9|14 pages

Growing up as a Sufi

Generational change in the Burhaniya Sufi order
BySøren Christian Lassen

chapter 10|18 pages

Home, nation and global Islam

Sufi oriented activities and community building among Bosnian Muslims in Southern Sweden
ByCatharina Raudvere, Ašk Gaši

chapter 11|18 pages

The reception of Sufi and neo-Sufi literature 1

ByMark Sedgwick