Reading Islam by Armstrong it came to me that she has suffered from the same disability I noted in Joseph Campbell; they were both "frightened at an early age by a dissolute priest". The interesting thing about this observation is that it seemed to be the guiding impetus for the magnificently creative work that they performed for us.
Near the end of his life Joseph came to see what I'm saying here, I've already posted adequately about Campbell's experience, but if you're too lazy to check the link, I'll quote a brief excerpt from his statement in Thou Art That: "For a long time I had a terrible resentment against the Church .... then through my own study of mythology.."
Continuing with Islam I saw that the church and Islam had suffered very similar setbacks-- when the leaders of each movement chose worldly over spiritual power.
Finally, reading about the Sufis, I perceived that Islam, like Christianity, is divided between the 'mystics' (with their direct contact with the Above) and tradionalists (who give their weight to the authority of the past). Does this suggest to us something universal about human experience?