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Reflections on Spiritual Maturity and Gerotranscendence: Dialogues with Two Sufis
University of Gävle, Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, Ämnesavdelningen för socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
2000 (English)In: Journal of Religious Gerontology, ISSN 1050-2289, Vol. 11, no 2, 43-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Late life development - from the perspectives of spiritual development and gerotranscendence - has been studied using the Life History Approach followed-up by thematic semi-structured interviews with Iranian Sufis residing in Sweden. On the basis of this study and proceeding from the theory of Gerotranscendence, I have, in this paper, illustrated the distinct role of aging in the development towards wisdom and maturity when mystical ideas are already integrated into individuals’ ways of thinking. This is achieved by contrasting, in terms of certain gerotranscendent dimensions, an aged Sufi’s view of her/his Self and the surrounding world with that of a middle-aged Sufi.

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2000. Vol. 11, no 2, 43-74 p.
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Gerotranscendence, Sufism, Spiritual development, Sociology, Sociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5228OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5228DiVA: diva2:234000
Available from: 2009-09-03 Created: 2009-09-03 Last updated: 2017-08-25Bibliographically approved

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