This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The unifying presence of the Sufi orders

Lastly, we feel it necessary to acknowledge the role of Sufism as a unifying factor in Islam. This is because Sufism, unlike Shiism and Sunnism, is not a horizontal ‘branch’ of Islam but is rather its mystical and ascetic expression. In other words, it is vertically distinct, and so it tends to transcend any ‘sectarian’ differences. A Sufi may be Shia, but could also be Sunni.

Another way of understanding the role of the Sufi orders is to compare them to the monastic orders of medieval Christianity, such as the Benedictines or the Franciscans. A man did not cease being Catholic simply because he became a Benedictine.

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