Cyber Sufis

Pages: 256
Subject: Religion, Religion: Islam
Series: Islam in the Twenty-First Century
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Cyber Sufis

Virtual Expressions of the American Muslim Experience

Robert Rozehnal

A groundbreaking study of how religion is practised in the digital age

The Book

In America today, online spaces serve as critical alternatives for tech-savvy Muslims seeking a place to root their faith, forge religious identity, and build communities.

With a particular focus on the Inayati Order, a branch of the oldest Sufi community in the West, Robert Rozehnal explores the online revolution in internal communication, spiritual pedagogy, and public outreach - and looks ahead to the future of digital Islam in the age of Web 3.0.

Additional Information

Subject Religion, Religion: Islam
Series Islam in the Twenty-First Century
Pages 256
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Robert Rozehnal is Professor of Religion Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Islamic Sufism Unbound, the editor of Piety, Politics and Everyday Ethics in Southeast Asian Islam, and numerous articles. He lives in Madison, New Jersey.


‘Essential reading for students and academics with interests in the diverse expressions of contemporary Islam, on- and offline.'

- Gary R. Bunt, author of Hashtag Islam, and Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

‘Captivating, thought-provoking, and groundbreaking. Cyber Sufis is a serious attempt to explore the highly understudied and mostly overlooked spiritual and mystical dimension of the "digital ecosystem.”'

- Sahar Khamis, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Maryland, and co-author of Islam Dot Com

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cyber Sufis in the Digital Age

1 Mapping Digital Religion and Cyber Islam

2 (Mis)interpreting Sufism

3 Sufism in the American Religious Landscape

4 Narrating Identity in Cyberspace: Inayati Tradition and Community

5 Virtual Practice: Inayati Rituals and Teaching Networks

6 Bridging the Digital and Analog worlds: Inayati Social Engagement

7 Contextualizing American Cyber Sufism