Between East And West

Between East And West

Sufism In The Novels Of Doris Lessing

eBook - 1997
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Considers how Lessing's exposure to a particular aspect of tasawwuf, the classical Sufi Way, has shaped her work. Impresses upon the reader the degree to which Lessing is seriously offering her space-fiction utopias as plausible and even necessary alternatives to our present Western ways of life.

"This book offers an accessible introduction to Sufism and a clear correlation between Sufism and the works of Doris Lessing". -- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Golden Sufi Center and author of The Paradoxes of Love and Sufism, The Transformation of the Heart

Between East and West applies Sufi thought to some of Doris Lessing's novels and studies the manifestations of Sufi influence on Lessing. Various Sufi-like characters and their unconventional lifestyles are evaluated and explicated for Western readers unfamiliar with Sufism. This book also evaluates the role of spirituality in Lessing's work and considers the implications of taking Lessing's Sufism seriously when reading her works or when doing Lessing criticism. It also impresses upon the reader the degree to which Lessing is seriously offering her space-fiction utopias as plausible and even necessary alternatives to our present Western ways of life.

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1997.
ISBN: 9780585055732
0585055734
Characteristics: xxiii, 280 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: NetLibrary, Inc

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