03 Oct 1994 12:03

Sufism is an organized mystic tradition in Islam. I am interested in part in its (possible) connections with non-Islamic traditions, both in its roots (e.g., what did it take from Indian or pre-Islamic Iranian religions?) and its influences (e.g., on European poetry). There is also something of a modern interpretive tradition of looking to sufism as a kind of counter-force within Islam that's more in favor of some modern values (pluralism, [proto]-feminism, experimentation), but that may be more about wishful thinking or projection than sound scholarship.