Introduction -- 1. A framework for the study of Sufi political thought -- 2. Following the conceptual thread: Sufism as an experience of Asia -- 3. The open civilization and the fundamentals of religion -- 4. Political Sufism and Sufi political interventions -- 5. A tale of two saviours: the Sufi contestation for power in medieval Islam -- 6. Sufism and the politics of 'Jesus' -- 7. Sufi politics in contemporary global society -- 8. The subtle body and the experience of politics in the human -- Conclusion: reflections on Sufi activity in civic society today.