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Mysticism and Religion

There is a close connection between mysticism and religion. However, the nature of their relation is debatable. Is mysticism a religious phenomenon? What is the relation between them? Can mysticism be found outside of religion? Is mysticism compatible with any worldview? The answer to these questions depends on our definition of mysticism. In my view, […]

Islamic Mysticism

Is it possible for us to know God immediately or directly? Our ordinary knowledge of God is knowledge by representation/correspondence (al ‘ilm al husuli). We have a concept of God; we don’t feel the real God. We know God through some concepts. These concepts provide us with abstract knowledge, mental knowledge. This is not immediate […]

Mysticism and Dialogue among Cultures

There is no one single agreed-upon defini­tion of mysticism. Each tradition and school of thought defines mysticism in a spe­cific way. However, we can find important common elements in the thought of all those who speak of mysticism. Sometimes mysti­cism in its wider sense is used as a synonym for spirituality. Mysticism in its all […]