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Transnational Sufism from below: charismatic counselling and the quest for wellbeing

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Transnational Sufism from below : charismatic counselling and the quest for wellbeing . / Rytter, Mikkel.

I: South Asian Diaspora, Bind 6, Nr. 1, 2014, s. 105-119.

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