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Sufi Orders and Movements: Western Europe
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The reception of Sufism

When European research about the “Orient” began in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) included Islamic and especially Sufi motifs in many of his poems, serving to introduce some of the ideas of Islamic mysticism in the West. Founders of European Islamic studies such as Ignaz Goldziher…

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Klinkhammer, Gritt, “Sufi Orders and Movements: Western Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0149f>
First published online: 2009

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