New book on intuitive instructional discourse practices in Sufism

A study of the Sohbet in the Naqshbandi Haqqani Order of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi
By: Martin Gansinger
TOULOUSE, France - Sept. 13, 2022 - PRLog -- Cambridge Scholars just published a study on the role of instructional discursive practices in the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order of the late Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi. Author Martin Abdel Matin Gansinger conducted extended ethnographic research at the convent of the Order in Cyprus and puts the Shaykh's intuitive discourse in context with improvisational practices in music, esoteric traditions, pedagogy, psychology, neuroscience, and latest findings in the area of quantum physics.

Brett Wilson, Director of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Vienna, refers to the work as "a valuable study of Naqshbandi sohbet practices through the prism of communication studies that helps us understand why and how oral discourse plays such a powerful role in the world of modern Sufi circles." As noted by Itzchak Weismann, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Haifa University: "Gansinger further demonstrates how traditional modalities of mystical practice may help strengthen contemporary pedagogical methods that stress spontaneity and student participation."

Ethnographic researcher Lili Di Puppo at the Moscow Higher School of Economics argues that "the book's originality lies in Gansinger's exploration of parallels between improvised music and the type of inspirational and exploratory knowledge that the Sufi sohbet unveils," further pointing out that "Gansinger succeeds in achieving a scholarly analysis of the sohbet while still giving the reader a flavour of this knowledge's intuitive quality that ultimately transcends the academic form." In a similar manner, Stefano Barone, University of Central Lancashire, states that "far from cold scholarly deconstruction, Gansinger's analysis and vivid ethnographic accounts take the reader to the heart of the ritual, and effectively convey its transcendent quality."

For more information, orders, and review copies please follow the link below:

Intuitive Instructional Speech in Sufism: A Study of the Sohbet in the Naqshbandi Order - Cambridge Scholars Publishing (

ISBN: 978-1-5275-8570-6

Pages: 220

Martin A. M. Gansinger
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Location:Toulouse - Midi-Pyrénées - France
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