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Mari῾Fa Disciplined And Institutionalized

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Suhrawardī systematically laid out his own ṭarīq, a method or modality comprised of specific forms of organization, praxis, manners, customs, and accoutrements. Moving from the theoretical to the practical, this chapter investigates how Suhrawardī projected this vision onto the actual physical and social landscapes in which he moved. Drawing upon a host of practical writings, correspondence, and testaments written for disciples and others, the chapter explores the organizational, social, and religious dimensions of the Sufi ribāṭ and the types of activities pursued, and relationships forged, within it. Showing how Suhrawardī set out to propagate a socially-open and accommodationist ribāṭ-based Sufi system, the chapter argues that Suhrawardī was successful in systematizing and consolidating the particular form of institutionalized mysticism which he championed precisely because it legitimized and maintained itself by attending to a wider body of reproducible social acts and cultural codes which extended far beyond the Sufi ribāṭs themselves.

Keywords: ṭarīq; mystical praxis; ribāṭ; Sufi shaykh; Suhrawardī



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