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Among the Dervishes Paperback – 1 Apr 1993
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This chapter detailing the claims of the founder of this community in Western Afghanistan transform this text from an interesting text - to one of great historical importance and interest. Anyone researching the Jesus in India theory should get hold of this text for this single chapter alone.
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That notwithstanding, the book is entertaining from start to finish, and provides glimpses into a world that is alternately attractive and menacing. (By the way, the incidents described in this book took place several decades ago, so the book will not necessarily provide insights into current events or current happenings within Sufism or the Islamic world.) Author O.M. Burke is an intelligent but pleasantly naive traveler, anticipating many of my questions and sharing many of my reactions to the unexpected twists and turns of his journey.
If you know nothing about Sufism and want something light & breezy to whet your curiousity, then this is probably as good a book as any to start with. But if you want to really get to grips with Sufi history & teachings then you will have to dig much further [Anne Marie Schimmel's "Mystical Dimensions of Islam"; J.S. Trimingham's "The Sufi Orders in islam"; A. Bennigsen & S.E. Wimbush "Mysitcs & Commissars", etc. Note that Schimmel remarks --in "Mystical Dimensions" that "Idries Shah...should be avoided by serious students" (footnote, page 9)]