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Jul 30, 2018

The approach to the Islamic Tradition in general and to Sufism in specific that is adopted by Western Muslims drives many to partake in practices and in some cases life-altering life decisions that make one fall victim to a classic deception of Iblees packaged as a spiritual calling. The previous episode garnered a polarized reaction that called for further commentary on the topic. 

Topics addressed in this episode include the need to study Arabic, what a tariqa and following a shaykh entail and how it can become problematic, as well as the nature of Hadras and why I'm against it.

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Jul 23, 2018

The religious drive and desire for spiritual attainment can be exploited if one doesn't know how to distinguish between the pursuit of Truth and the pursuit of experiencing a high. In this episode, the issue of pledging allegiance to a shaykh and a tariqa is discussed within the context of psychology and Islamic learning.

Articles discussed in this episode:

1996 Davis – Joining a “Cult”: Religious Choice or Psychological Aberration? http://andalusonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1996-Davis-Joining-a-Cult-Religious-Choice-or-Psychological-Aberration.pdf

2007 Buxant et al – Cognitive and emotional characteristics of new religious movement members http://andalusonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2007-Buxant-et-al-Cognitive-and-emotional-characteristics-of-new-religious-movement-members.pdf

2007 Murken and Namini – Childhood Familial Experiences as Antecedents of Adult Membership in New Religious Movements http://andalusonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2007-Murken-and-Namini-Childhood-Familial-Experiences-as-Antecedents-of-Adult-Membership-in-New-Religious-Movements.pdf

2009 Crowley and Jenkinson – Pathological Spirituality http://andalusonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2009-Crowley-and-Jenkinson-Pathological-Spirituality.pdf

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