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Sufism and Gerotranscendence: The impact of way of Thinking, Culture and Aging on Spiritual Maturity
University of Gävle, Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, Ämnesavdelningen för socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
1998 (English)In: Journal of Aging and Identity, ISSN 1087-3732, E-ISSN 1573-3491, Vol. 1, no 4, p. 189-211Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay examines the similarities and dissimilarities between a gerotranscendental person's and a Sufi's view of ontological questions, of self and of social and individual relationships. Using the Life History Approach followed up by thematic semi-structured interviews, I studied thirteen Iranian Sufis residing in Sweden, dividing the interviewees into two groups according to the stage of their life in which they became familiar with the Sufi ideas: those who became familiar with Sufi ideas early in their life (30 years) are called early Sufis, and those whose familiarity with Sufi ideas came about in their later life (>30) are called later Sufis. The study posits that the existence of a cosmic view of self and the surrounding world can be observed among early Sufis due to their intemalization of the Sufi ideas in early life. Regarding later Sufis, we can hypothesize that the existence of such a cosmic view is not only due to the intemalization of Sufi ideas, but also to aging.

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1998. Vol. 1, no 4, p. 189-211
Keywords [en]
sufism - gerotranscendence - aging - way of thinking - spiritual maturity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-6659DOI: 10.1023/A:1022885414946OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-6659DiVA, id: diva2:310385
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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