“Fight is an inside path”: A minor field study of how members of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order perceive religious freedom in Mexico
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The interests for academic studies of contemporary Sufism and Sufism in non-Islamic countries have become more popular, but little has been done in Latin America. The studies of Islam in this continent are limited and studies on Sufism in Mexico seem to be an unexplored area. As a student of journalism target religion I see this as an important topic that can generate new information for the study of Sufism. This thesis is therefore aimed to describe the group of Sufis I have chosen to study, Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico, linked to Human Rights in form of how members of the Sufi order perceive Religious Freedom in Mexico.
A minor field study was carried out in Colonia Roma, Mexico City during October and November 2014. The place was chosen because this is the place where Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order exists in Mexico. The investigation is qualitative and based on an ethnographic study of eight weeks and semi structured interviews with three dervishes of the Sufi order, where two of them are men and one is a woman. Based on my purpose I have formulated the following questions:
- How do members of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico define Sufism? And how do they describe and practice their religious belief?
- How do members of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico express the situation to belong to a religious minority in the country? And how do the members perceive religious freedom in Mexico?
The question of my research is therefore: Do members of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico express that they feel free to practice their religion? And if so, how?
The results of the study shows that all the informants express that they feel free to practice their religion as a Sufi. One of the respondents that also belongs to the Conchero tradition, which is a group of the indigenous people of Mexico, says that he has experienced discrimination from both the government and other citizens due to that he belong to the Conchero tradition. Information from the respondents’ shows that Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico is such a small community that people does not consider them. This might be one of the reasons why members of Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in Mexico have the freedom to practice their religion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 41 p.
Sufism, Jerrahi, Religious freedom, discrimination, Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
Sufism, Jerrahi, Religionsfrihet, Religionsvetenskap, Diskriminering, Colonia Roma, Mexiko City, Mexiko
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27885OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-27885DiVA: diva2:827905
Subject / course
The Study of Religions
Sorgenfrei, Simon, Högskolelektor
Straarup, Jörgen, Professor
ProjectsMinor Field Studies (MFS)