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Religious Authority In Transnational Sufi Networks: Shaykh Nāzim Al-Qubrusī Al-Haqqānī Al-Naqshbandī

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Transnational Islamic networks adapt to national borders while at the same time challenging state sovereignty. Their leaders map space and boundaries by licensing and de-licensing norms and actions. Their religious authority is based on their claim of being a link between the here and the hereafter, between the profane and the Divine. This chapter focuses on the complex relationship between religious authority, corporate identity, and network structure through the case study of a dynamic Sufi network of the Naqshbandiyya tradition. The question is how is religious authority translated into some form of transnational structural entity. Among the countless networks of the Naqshbandiyya Sufi tradition the author chooses the Ḥaqqāniyya headed by Shaykh Nāẓim al-Qubrusī, because it represents an expanding transnational network with a multi-ethnic following. Shaykh Nāẓim is said to have initiated about half a million disciples from Western countries and the US.

Keywords: Ḥaqqāniyya; Naqshbandiyya; religious authority; Shaykh Nāẓim al-Qubrusī; transnational sufi networks



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