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As a female Sufi teacher, Cemalnur Sargut commands a loyal and active worldwide following, especially in Turkey. Her career as a scholar and Sufi leader represents an important case study in the dynamics of contemporary global Sufism. This volume represents the first text in English translation that brings together some of her major discourses and teachings as presented to As a female Sufi teacher, Cemalnur Sargut commands a loyal and active worldwide following, especially in Turkey. Her career as a scholar and Sufi leader represents an important case study in the dynamics of contemporary global Sufism. This volume represents the first text in English translation that brings together some of her major discourses and teachings as presented to her students through the genre of oral discourses. More specifically, the discourses that form the core of this book were collected through oral interviews with Cemalnur conducted by her students as part of a weekly program aired on a national Turkish radio station. The original Turkish transcription on which this English translation is based is titled Dinle (Listen), and was published in 2012 by Nefes Press. Cemalnur has been actively training disciples and students in the teachings and practices of the Rifa'i Sufi order for the last forty years. While her oral and written discourses are widely available in Turkish, they have until now remained inaccessible to an English language audience.


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As a female Sufi teacher, Cemalnur Sargut commands a loyal and active worldwide following, especially in Turkey. Her career as a scholar and Sufi leader represents an important case study in the dynamics of contemporary global Sufism. This volume represents the first text in English translation that brings together some of her major discourses and teachings as presented to As a female Sufi teacher, Cemalnur Sargut commands a loyal and active worldwide following, especially in Turkey. Her career as a scholar and Sufi leader represents an important case study in the dynamics of contemporary global Sufism. This volume represents the first text in English translation that brings together some of her major discourses and teachings as presented to her students through the genre of oral discourses. More specifically, the discourses that form the core of this book were collected through oral interviews with Cemalnur conducted by her students as part of a weekly program aired on a national Turkish radio station. The original Turkish transcription on which this English translation is based is titled Dinle (Listen), and was published in 2012 by Nefes Press. Cemalnur has been actively training disciples and students in the teachings and practices of the Rifa'i Sufi order for the last forty years. While her oral and written discourses are widely available in Turkish, they have until now remained inaccessible to an English language audience.

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    According to Juanayd Baghdadi, Sufism is God's taking of the soul of His servant and replacing it with a new form of life with and in HImself. Sufism is not established in a person's life by paying lip service to its essential tenets, nor through ostentatious discourse; it is achieved by renouncing the hunger for material addictions, habits, desires, and all that is dear to the soul. One day, when asked what Sufism is, Kenan Rifa'i replied: "Knowledge of the enlightend heart." Sufism is the quest According to Juanayd Baghdadi, Sufism is God's taking of the soul of His servant and replacing it with a new form of life with and in HImself. Sufism is not established in a person's life by paying lip service to its essential tenets, nor through ostentatious discourse; it is achieved by renouncing the hunger for material addictions, habits, desires, and all that is dear to the soul. One day, when asked what Sufism is, Kenan Rifa'i replied: "Knowledge of the enlightend heart." Sufism is the quest to acquire this knowledge. However, as Plato also stressed, this knowledge cannot be learnt from books. A human being can unearth it in the treasure of the heart through the process of unceasing contemplation, which kindles the sacred fire of his essential source.

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