Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties
"This is a brilliant, free-ranging, mind-enhancing, life-cautioning book."--The Independent
In the summer of 1964 Robert Irwin set off for Algeria in search of Sufi enlightenment. There he entered a world of marvels and ecstasy, converted to Islam, and received an initiation as afaqir. He learnt the rituals of Islam in North Africa and he studied Arabic in London.
Political violence, torture, rock music, drugs, Oxbridge intellectuals, first love, and losses are all part of this story from the 1960s.
Robert Irwin is one of the best known writers on the history and culture of the Islamic world.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jrcovey - LibraryThing
Let’s concede at the outset that Robert Irwin’s account of his own life is nowhere near as compelling as is his slam-bang historical tour of Orientalist scholarship, For Lust of Knowing. Still, though ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - reverend_allaby - LibraryThing
As the memoirs are collected the tone becomes darker, materialising into a reflection that seems painful for Mister Irwin to behold. Nuggets of interest are scattered through out but ultimately this ... Read full review