Date of this Version

December 1996

Document Type

Research Report

Publication Details

Ferguson, R. James (1996) Meeting on the road: Cosmopolitan Islamic culture and the politics of Sufism. Bond University : School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, December 1996, 34 pp.

Research paper series : Centre for East-West Cultural & Economic Studies ; No. 4.

© Copyright R. James Ferguson and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University, 1996


[extract] We can see that Islam provides a multi-layered religious, cultural and political complex with its own formulation of human rights and norms of international conduct. Certain elements within Islam, especially Sufism, provide a basis for a humanitarian, individualistic approach to life which is at once resilient and open to a range of cultural synergies. As such, a true Renaissance of Islam could provide a reinvigorating and stabilizing influence for 'Greater Central Asia' and the Middle East. It can also contribute to a cosmopolitan but pluralist world culture. This contribution will not be without challenge and competition for other civilisational-groups, including East Asia and the West, but this implies neither the necessity of violence nor warfare.