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A sufi view of human transformation and its organizational implications

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Shoaib Ul Haq


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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 re-structure 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 & mission and can reverse the existing moral degradation of the workplace.

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Author(s): Ul-Haq S, Khan FR

Editor(s): Neal, Judith A.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation

Year: 2018

Pages: 833-865

Print publication date: 01/03/2018

Online publication date: 19/08/2017

Acceptance date: 24/07/2017

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Cham


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-29587-9_45-1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783319668925