The list author says: "Mystical & Gnostic factions of Islam: Sufism does not reflect the mainstream Bedouin culture of Islam, which claims itself the religion of 'fetrah' or nature of primitive self. The Arabic word Sufi means, 'dressed in wool', which may well express the importance of tradition in the ways of the Sufis which originally espoused the Gnostic notion; insight by the grace of Knowledge. When Waraqa's Islam came into contact with Syriac and Egyptian Christian cultures, and later Persian dual religion, it picked up some of the Orthodox beliefs as well as Gnostic mythys, modifying mystical monastic tradition, but also adopting some basic Gnostic notions, and it mentions Mandaeans (sabaeans)as believers, Jesus was a wonder worker since childhood (making clay birds fly), that Jesus was not crucified (laken Shubiha lahom). The spiritual and Mystical tradition of Sufism was regarded as the preserve of ecstatic Islamic religio-meniacs (parallel to fools for Christ) while few Oriental scholars regarded Sufism as a minority cult. cult. Sufi wisdom is said to be found when the mind is purified of all ideas, dogmatic beliefs, and burdens of conscience, an illusion to self emptying (kenosis) of Coptic mystics. Most of the present Sufi orders could be traced back to the eleventh century, and some reformist moves as far as the nineteenth. Even if Syrian mystics, were of vital importance to the move, illustrated in their adopted "doxology" of Asma'a Allah Elhosna (Beatific Names of the Almighty) from (The Divine Names), a treatise by Dionysius the Areopagite (6th century), origin of Sufism, have always been the inspiration of contemplative prayers, all down the ages. As recently revealed to the Western intellect, Sufism displays a genuine spiritual and mystical tradition of some of the world's most original thinkers: AlGhazzali, AlSadi, alAttar, Ibn Arabi, Omar ElKhayyam, and Jalal al Din Rumi(whose masters were said to be Isaac of Nineveh, Ephraem the Syrian, and John Saba."