Spiritual Tradition

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A new book from Mohammad Fanaei Eshkevari has been recently published, titled Spiritual Tradition, An introduction to Islamic Mysticism and its history. This book has been published by MIU Press, located at 133, High Road, Willesden, London NW10 25W.

Considering current tendencies towards various mystical schools in the world on the one part, limitedness of the western world’s knowledge of Islamic mysticism to Sufism on the second hand, and particular point of view of Shi’ism on mysticism on the third part, Spiritual Tradition attempts to deal with this multi-dimension problem in a somehow thorough way.

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Mysticism and Religion

fanaie1There 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, mysticism is a religious phenomenon. The heart of mysticism is experiential knowledge of God and love of Him, and its three essential elements are belief in God, life after death and a life according to the will of God.

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Islamic Mysticism

erfan11Is 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 feeling of God. The mystic is looking to know God, not through these abstract concepts. In other words, a mystic is looking for knowing God directly or immediately. Continue reading “Islamic Mysticism”