Dr. Itzchak Weismann Discusses The Naqshbandiyya, One Of The Most Widespread Sufi Orders In The Muslim World

Monday March 30, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Dr. Itzchak Weismann, visiting Assistant Professor at Dickinson College, will present an overview of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and influential Sufi orders in the Muslim world. The Naqshbandiyya had its origins in the Great Masters tradition of Central Asia almost a millennium ago and played a significant role in the pre-modern history of the Indian subcontinent and the Ottoman Empire. This fascinating order is considered by some to be a "sober" order known for its silent dhikr (remembrance of God) rather than the vocalized forms of dhikr common in other orders. Dr. Itzchak Weismann is visiting Dickenson from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel.