Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam

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City Lights Books, 1993 - 167 páginas

Peter Lamborn Wilson proposes a set of heresies, a culture of resistance, that dispels the false image of Islam as monolithic, puritan, and two-dimensional. Here is the story of the African-American noble Drew Ali, the founder of "Black Islam" in this country, and of the violent end of his struggle for "love, truth, peace, freedom, and justice." Another essay deals with Satan and "Satanism" in Esoteric Islam; and another offers a scathing critique of "Authority" and sexual misery in modern Puritanist Islam. "The Anti-caliph" evokes a hot mix of Ibn Arabi's tantric mysticism and the revolutionary teachings of the "Assassins." The title essay, "Sacred Drift," roves through the history and poetics of Sufi travel, from Ibn Khaldun to Rimbaud in Abyssinia to the Situationists. A "Romantic" view of Islam is taken to radical extremes; the exotic may not be "True," but it's certainly a relief from academic propaganda and the obscene banality of simulation.
Peter Lamborn Wilson lives in New York and works for Semiotext(e) magazine, Pacifica Radio, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A long decade in the Orient (1968-1981) inspires his writing, including The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry and Scandal: Essays in Islamic Heresy.

 

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Sacred drift: essays on the margins of Islam

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Given the popular American misperception of Islam as monolithic and harsh, the timeliness of studies like Sacred Drift cannot be overstressed. Wilson presents a collection of well-researched essays on ... Ler resenha completa

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Rumi Quatrain
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Rumi The Spiritual Concert
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LOSTFOUND MOORISH TIME LINES
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Rumi The Patent Medicine Show
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IBN ARABI INNER
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Rumi Like This
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Abu Nuwas Satanic Panic
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THE SHAYKHS HAVE TWO STATES
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Rumi Quatrain
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SACRED DRIFT ON THE ROAD WITH DOCTOR MAXIMUS
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Rumi Proper Vocation
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Peter Lamborn Wilson, scholar, critic, poet, and visionary best known for Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam (City Lights) and his radio commentaries on WBAI New York, offers a fascinating study on the use of psychoactive plants in ancient Ireland in Ploughing the Clouds: The Search for Irish Soma.

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