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Epilogue: End Of The Sufi Era

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The 1920s represent something of a high water mark for the Somali Sufi leadership. While the influence of Sufi leaders as intellectuals with broad social influence seems to have declined after the 1920s, and been more or less eclipsed by the 1950s, this should not diminish their historical legacy. The history of the Sufi revival in Somalia has clear ramifications for our continually evolving notions of so-called ?neo-Sufism.? Accused of terrorist links, the ICU was overthrown by the Ethiopian backed forces of a self-proclaimed ?provisional government? in late 2006. While the outcome at the time of writing remains to be seen one thing seems clear; the social forces that brought the ICU to power were hardly new. They, in fact, seem a clear echo of the circumstances that saw the emergence of an influential Sufi movement little more than a hundred years before.

Keywords: neo-Sufism; social forces; Somali Sufi leadership; Sufi leaders; Sufi movement



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