Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 409–421 | Cite as

Intimate Exteriority: Sufi Space as Sanctuary for Injured Subjectivities in Turkey

  • Sadeq RahimiEmail author

O marvel! A garden in the heart of flames!

My heart has become bearer of all forms:

A pasture for gazelles, and an abbey for monks,

A temple for idols, and Mecca for the pious,

Tablet for the Torah, and a page of the Quran.

My religion is that of Love:

Whatever way Love’s Camel may take,

That is my path, that’s my destiny.

Ibn Arabi ( 1961, p. 43)

When it comes to mental health and spirituality in the Muslim world, Tasawwuf, or Sufism as it is called in the West, stands as an automatic and obvious point of reference. It is true, of course, that Sufism has become a loose tag over time, used and abused in a vast range of meanings and applications. So much so that one could raise the objection that it signifies too wide a range of thought and practices across various Muslim societies (say from North Africa to India), to be a useful concept. But it is also possible to turn this problem around, and suggest that fluidity, that proverbial elusiveness so associated with Sufism,1is indeed an...


Schizophrenia Schizophrenia Patient Turkish Woman Psychotic Experience Muslim Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social medicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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