Erowid
 
 
Plants - Drugs Mind - Spirit Freedom - Law Arts - Culture Library  
Modern humans must learn how to relate to psychoactives
responsibly, treating them with respect and awareness,
working to minimize harms and maximize benefits, and
integrating use into a healthy, enjoyable, and productive life.
cover image
Sacred Drift
Essays on the Margins of Islam
Rating :
rating
Author(s) :
Peter Lamborn Wilson
Pages :
167
Pub Date :
1993
Edition(s) at Erowid :
1993(pb)
Publisher :
City Lights
ISBN :
0872862755
BACK COVER #
Peter Lamborn Wilson proposes a set of heresies, a culture of resistance, that dispels the false image of islam as monolithic, puritan, and two-dimensional. Here is the story of the african-american noble Drew Ali, the founder of "black islam" in this country, and of the violent end of his struggle for "love, truth, peace, freedom, and justice." Another essay deals with satan and "satanism" in esoteric islam; and another offers a scathing critique of "authority" and sexual misery in modern puritanist islam. "The anti-caliph" evokes a hot mix of Ibn 'Arabi's tantric mysticism and the revolutionary teachings of the "assassins." The title essay, "Sacred Drift," roves through the history and poetics of sufi travel, from Ibn Khaldun to Rimbaud in Abyssinia to the situationists. A "romantic" view of islam is taken to radical extremes; the exotic may not be "true," but it's certainly a relief from academic propaganda and the obscene banality of simulation.

BLURBS #
"This is my brand of islam: insurrectionary, elegant, dangerous, suffused with light--a search for poetic facts, a donation from and to the tradition of spiritual anarchy."
-- Hakim Bey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) #
Peter Lamborn Wilson lives in New York and works for Semiotext(e) magazine, Pacifica Radio, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A long decade in the orient (1968-1981) inspires his writing, including The Drunken Univers: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry (with N. Pourjavady; Phanes Press) and Scandal: Essays in Islamic Heresy (Autonomedia).