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A Sufi view of human transformation and its organizational implications

A Sufi view of human transformation and its organizational implications

Haq, Shoaib Ul and Khan, Farzad Rafi (2017) A Sufi view of human transformation and its organizational implications. In: Neal, Judi, (ed.) Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation. Springer Link, Cham, pp. 1-33. ISBN 978-3319295879; 978-3319295879 (doi:

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In order to solve the complex and multidimensional problems of today’s world, we need a radical imaginary, a new way to restructure and transform our society, its institutions, its organizations, and its inhabitants. One such radical imaginary can be provided by Islamic mysticism or Sufism in the form of ishq-i haqiqi or love of the divine. This new imaginary has a distinct epistemology, ontology, and cosmology which needs to be understood within the boundaries of its own discourse and praxis. It has the power to infuse the social world with universal meanings of love, brotherhood, and divinity. This can then help us to question, contest, and restructure our relationships with each other, this universe, and God, our creator. Finally, this new imaginary of ishq-i haqiqi can also be used to transform organizational realities especially with relevance to their purpose and mission and can reverse the existing moral degradation of the workplace.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: God; Prophet; Islamic mysticism; Sufism; radical imaginary; ishq; love of the divine; spirit/soul; ibn Arabi al-Ghazzali; human nature; dhikr
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 07:24

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