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 The dervishes; or, Oriental spiritualism
(245 words)


John Porter Brown

Date: 1868

Original Language: English


The dervishes; or, Oriental spiritualism is a 415-page study of Sufism. Although Brown borrows from the work of earlier European Orientalists, a large amount of his text is based on what he learned through his own encounters with various Sufi orders in Turkey. The book is therefore not only the first of its kind written by an American, but is also one of the most in-depth 19th-century studies of contemporary Sufi orders produced b…

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Bowen, Patrick, “ The dervishes; or, Oriental spiritualism”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <>

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