This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Apostolic succession and initiatic continuity

We have noted that Islam is not hierarchical in the same way that Catholicism is hierarchical, and that it does not have a priesthood. We will note, however, that the Sufi orders claim initiatic continuity, which is to say they can identify a chain of ‘initiators’ going back usually to Ali. The chain differs between the founds of the Sufi order in question, but its operation is very similar in logic and in function to what is called ‘apostolic succession’ in Catholicism. This is a necessary component of all initiatic schools and the insistence on it is evidence of an authentic understanding of how traditional initiation operates.

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