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Beneath the Dome | Imam Zamin's Tomb, Delhi, India | by t linn
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Beneath the Dome | Imam Zamin's Tomb, Delhi, India

Sufism, a type of Islam practiced by Imam Zamin, is experiential and emphasizes a personal connection with god. It has been described as Islamic mysticism. (Whirling dervishes are Sufis.) Scholars credit parallels between Sufism and Hindu philosophy for helping adherents of the two religions to coexist for over 1,000 years on the Indian subcontinent.

 

That said, Sufis represent a small minority of Muslims both outside and within India. Fundamentalist Muslims do not consider Sufis to be true Muslims. As a result, Sufi communities outside of India can find themselves the object of persecution and terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists.

 

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Taken on December 28, 2017