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Development Towards Wisdom and Maturity: Sufi Conception of Self
University of Gävle, Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, Ämnesavdelningen för socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
2000 (English)In: Journal of Aging and Identity, ISSN 1087-3732, E-ISSN 1573-3491, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 137-149Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By applying results from in-depth interviews with older Iranian Sufis residing in Sweden, this article describes the benefits of the value system of Sufism prizing mystical union above self-realization. As persons conceive of themselves as all forming parts of other-than-self rather than as separate selves, the result is tolerance towards other people's opinions and the vanishing of hostile feelings and competition. Compassion and identification with the whole of creation allows Sufis to avoid the sense of loneliness and exclusion felt by so many immigrants.

 

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2000. Vol. 5, no 3, p. 137-149
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Aging, Sufism, annihilation, the unity of existence, Self-realization, Sociology, Sociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5227DOI: 10.1023/A:1009509203610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5227DiVA, id: diva2:233999
Available from: 2009-09-03 Created: 2009-09-03 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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