On Love: In the Muslim Tradition

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Fordham Univ Press, 2007 - Philosophy - 169 pages
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This rare and important contribution to the field of Islamic studies, philosophy, and comparative religion achieves a twofold objective. First, it draws from a broad and authoritative well of sources, especially in the domain of Sufism, or Islamic mysticism. The scholarship is impeccable. Second, it is an in-depth meditation on the relationship between love and knowledge, multiplicity and unity, the example of the Prophet Muhammed viewed as Universal Man, spiritual union, heart and intellect, and other related themes--conveyed in fresh, contemporary language. The book is as much a work of Sufism as it is a book about Sufism. Many of these themes have a universal appeal for students of mysticism; consequently, there are distinct resonances with other traditions, especially within certain schools of Christian mysticism dominated by the language of love. In our day, when the divisions between many Muslims and many Christians have broadened into chasms of suspicion and fear, books such as this one are especially important for the help they can offer in bridging these rifts. The capacity of scholars to understand these two religions, which stem from the same Abrahamic source, is of the utmost significance, and the best approach to better understanding may be through the mystical traditions, which tend to reflect more tolerance and to recognize a potential for seeing unity in a multiplicity of perspectives. This work conveys the beauty at the heart of the Islamic tradition in a language devoid of technical terminology.
 

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Contents

Intoxication
86
Balance
89
Openness
92
The Most Beautiful Example
95
FOLLOWING
99
Praise
101
With the Praiser
104
Hatred and Fear
107

Mercy and Wrath
37
Corruption
41
Certainty
45
The Heart
48
The Intellect
52
LOVE
57
Divergence
59
The True Faith
62
Relaxation
65
Poverty
67
Greatness
70
Beauty
73
TOWARD PEACE
77
He Is the AllLoving
79
Debt and Love
82
Unity
111
The Love of a Woman
114
Undressing and Union
118
KNOWLEDGE
123
The Station of NoStation
125
The Speech of Skins
129
The self and the Self
133
Knowledge and Being
137
Prostration
141
Remembrance
145
The Self at Peace
151
Notes
155
Bibliography
167
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Rusmir Mahmutcehajic is Professor of Applied Physics at Sarajevo University, President of the International Forum "Bosnia," and former Vice President of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most recentof his books in English are Learning from Bosnia: Approaching Tradition and TheMosque: The Heart of Submission (both from Fordham).

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