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Fisibilillah: Labor as Learning on the Sufi Path

Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Religions 2021, 12(1), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010003
Received: 20 November 2020 / Revised: 11 December 2020 / Accepted: 15 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Africa, Globalization and the Muslim Worlds)
At the core of this study of spiritual empowerment and Black Atlantic Sufism lies the pre-occupation of understanding precisely the manner by which particular Muslim subjectivities are fashioned within the bounds of the Mustafawi Sufi tradition of religious cultivation through charitable giving and community service in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. This article examines Black Atlantic Muslim religiosities and argues that West African Sufism in diasporic context—which draws upon nonwestern theories of the body and theories of the soul—can be theorized as a philosophy of freedom and decoloniality. In the American South, spiritual empowerment becomes possible through varying forms of care and bodily practice that take place in a mosque that is situated on a former slave plantation. Meanwhile, that empowerment takes place through discourses on Islamic piety and heightened religiosity in a postcolonial Senegal. Spiritual empowerment occurs, as I show, through attending to the body and spirit as students connect themselves, via West African Sufism, to a tradition of inward mastery and bodily discipline through philanthropic efforts. View Full-Text
Keywords: labor; Sufism; African diaspora; knowledge transmission; black Atlantic; Senegal labor; Sufism; African diaspora; knowledge transmission; black Atlantic; Senegal
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Carter, Y. Fisibilillah: Labor as Learning on the Sufi Path. Religions 2021, 12, 3. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010003

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Carter Y. Fisibilillah: Labor as Learning on the Sufi Path. Religions. 2021; 12(1):3. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010003

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