A Psychology of Early Sufi Samâ`: Listening and Altered by Kenneth S. Avery

By Kenneth S. Avery

Avery explores the psychology of altered states one of the early Sufis. It examines samâ` - hearing ritual recitation, tune and likely different aural phenomena - and its impression in inducing strange states of awareness and behaviours. the focal point is at the earliest personalities of the Islamic mystical culture, as mediated via texts from the tenth to the twelfth centuries C.E. those strange states are interpreted within the mild of present study in Western psychology, and likewise when it comes to their integration into historic Islamic culture.


A Psychology of Early Sufi Samâ` provides new insights into the paintings of 5 Sufi authors, and a clean method of the relation among ancient debts of altered states and present mental thinking.

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