New theophiliacs post at “Islamic Mysticism: Sufism as Reconciliatory Movement” is a survey of Sufism as a mystical and reconciliatory movement within Islam.
“So, here is the discussion I want to have about this piece of research: Do you think mysticism is a common enough thread to open dialogue between religions? I am under the impression that most (all?) religions have their own mystics, so what about the human condition and pursuit for experiential knowledge of the divine drives mystics? I, again, cannot get over how many similarities exist between the development of Islamic orthodoxy and Christianity (no matter how loudly critics shout about the differences that do exist, and I do acknowledge that those differences exist).”