work in progress in social theory and cultural sociology

Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory

pre-published open access version pdf available here


In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, particularly in Turkey and among Turkish (and Kurdish) diasporas in Europe. The main relevant features of Sufi spirituality in this context are identified as continuous creation, creative imagination and longing.

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