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Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, a Quest Books April 2011 release by Dr. Yannis Toussulis, has been reviewed by Joann Turner in The Messenger!

The review reads:

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden sources of a sacred psychology by Yannis Toussulis, PhD. This is a definitive book on the Sufi ‘way of blame’ that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the ‘way of blame’ (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of ‘blame.’ Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a ‘perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,’ he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

About the Author
Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., is the current director of The Center for Human Inquiry in Emeryville, California where he teaches and conducts research in the practice of cross-cultural negotiation, leadership skills, and contemplative practices. In this and other endeavors Dr. Toussulis combines academic qualifications in intercultural psychology and human science research with practical expertise gained from his thirty-year long experience in Mental Health Services. He conducts a separate private practice as a family psychotherapist (M.A., LMFT #11962) in Emeryville, Califronia.

This review is posted on under the “Reviews” section and “Spriritual-Development” sub-section. It was originally published on March 12, 2011.

Sufism and the Way of Blame will be released in April 2011, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Find more information about Dr. Yannis Toussulis on his website,


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