Sufism and the Way of Blame lays out the gradual development of both, western and eastern Sufism, as well as pinpointing the discrepancies between the two. If ever there were a definitive book on the cultural life of Sufism and its controversial relation to Islam this is it. The "Way of Blame" originally designated a group within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique (Arabic malam, or "blame"). Later, the term most often referred to those Sufis who incurred blame by shunning Islamic literalism and formalism, thus becoming worthy of "blame." This interdisciplinary work critically examines popular and scholarly conceptions about Sufism as a whole; then proceeds to examine the role that the "Way of Blame" played in the development of Sufism. The book presents an up-to-date paradigm of psycho-spiritual development that is still being used today by classically oriented Sufis who practice a human-centered approach to spiritual transformation. Sufism and the Way of Blame is for anyone who seeks to become more culturally aware of Islam or its esoteric aspects.
Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. – is the former director of the Consciousness Studies Program in Graduate Psychology at Antioch University/West; former adjunct professor in political psychology at Monterey Institute of International studies. He is also a traditionally authorized representative of several Sufi orders based in the Middle East. He is the author of Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology (Quest Books, 2011). This book was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Book Publisher's Award in 2012 and the Benjamin Franklin Award in religion.