Sponsoring Sufism: How Governments Promote “Mystical Islam” by F. Muedini

By F. Muedini

Sponsoring Sufism argues that governments are sponsoring Sufism not just simply because they see it as an 'apolitical' move that may not problem their latest authority, but in addition that ties to Sufi orders provides them spiritual credibility, anything they search as they face the increase of Islamist events.

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But while the government attempted to establish control over politics (and Islam in politics)—often at the expense of Islamists—the restrictions on forming any political parties counter to the FLN further limited any direct action by the Islamists in terms of their entering into the electoral process as a direct challenge to the FLN (Boubekeur, 2008).

377). In many Sufi orders, the pir will often have a number of students or “disciples” who follow her/ his spiritual advice and guidance. The role of the saint is prevalent in many of the Sufi orders that exist. Those who are viewed as being a Sufi saint are believed to have a very close relationship with God. In terms of understanding a Sufi saint’s position and role, Robert Rozehnal (2007) explains that “[t]he wali Allah [friend of God] combines piety and sanctity with power and authority.

Therefore, Sufi leaders and Sufi followers were not unaware of politics at that time. The idea of detachment by all Sufis is not only misleading but clearly incorrect. Not only did Sufi groups play a role in the anticolonial movements that existed in many Muslim-majority states, but often, these groups survived when other political leaders were removed from power upon the arrival of the colonialists (Ernst, 1997). And because of this, the colonial powers knew the inf luence that the Sufi groups held in society (Ernst, 1997).

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