Middle Eastern South Asian Conflict Essay

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Sufism ideology helped spread Islam in South Asia because it is an amalgamation of the spiritual and mysticism of Islam that was appealing to Indians whose native religion focused on both of those aspects. Sufism is a spiritual tradition which originated within Islam, its development paralleled that of Islam but it focused more on the spirtual development of the individual and G-d. Sufism was influenced by cultures of peoples and itself influenced the culture, a fusion of traditions and religion came to define how Sufism created grassroots of Islam in northern India. Sufism paved the way for Islam in northern India because it acted as the intimidate stage by converting non-believers toward the path of Islam that allowed for future Islamic …show more content…
(Berkey, 2003: p.153-156). The spiritual and ascetic importance of Sufism drew in students and followers because; Sufism introduced a different approach of connecting to G-d. Berkey claims they were able to practice their commitment to G-d and themselves “though pious practices which allowed for manifestations of Muslim piety and enthusiasm of faith.” (Berkey, 2003: p.p 157). Sufism’s stronger adherence to faith attracted followers not only within Islam’s community but also in northern India because of its Buddhist and Hindu paralleled their style of worship. Sufism was important in the construction of grassroots in northern India because its traditions were not developed in a specific zone because they were constantly transforming to cultures and customs; Sufism attracted followers due to it’s enthusiasm of its faith and their campaigns to convert others. The ideas that represented Sufism appealed to individuals in group dynamics because it spoke of being inwardly at peace with oneself and that taught social virtues, rather than purely person, which were greater than ones own. (Eaton, 2003) Sufi’s practice of Islamic piety was able to attract individuals, because as noted by historian Annemarie Shimmel Sufi’s belief in ‘oneness’ often designated as either pantheism or monism…” that held connections to Indian pre-Islamic faiths. (Shimmel, 2000; p. 130) Historian Romial

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