The historical authenticity of Sufism is based upon the human experience of certain Muslim pious charismatics, with the mystic label being a later medieval denotation. Sufism may be approached in three ways: as a cultural catalyst for localized religious identities, as a sociopolitical force exploring the underlying tension between agency and structure, and as ontology, relating to the social–psychological aspects of Sufism in the Islamic experience.

In the context of the sociology of religion, Sufism is defined as the internal revolution that rejected the worldly political power elite but remained within the established social hierarchical order. Because of this, the Sufi acquired the nickname wool-wearers in the second half of the 9th century, by which time they had inherited and amalgamated certain practices of ascetic and ...

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