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By Titus Burckhardt

ISBN-10: 1933316500

ISBN-13: 9781933316505

Titus Burckhardt's masterpiece, advent to Sufi Doctrine, explores the essence of Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, providing its important doctrines and strategies to a Western viewers in a hugely intelligible shape.

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In the order of the categories of individual existence it is time which manifests the Divine Rigor. Consuming this world and all the beings in it, it recalls to them their “debt” to the Principle of their existence. 10 The same expression also means “the day of judgment”, which is nothing other than the final reintegration of the cycle of time into the timeless. This reintegration can be conceived on different scales according to whether we envisage the end of a man, the end of this world, or the end of the whole manifested universe—for “all things perish save His Face” as the Qurʾān says.

In its turn cosmology can be conceived either by applying metaphysical principles to the cosmos—and this is the contemplation of God in the world—or by drawing an analogy between the cosmos and the human soul. Moreover in its complete development cosmology necessarily includes the cosmic reality of the soul, while no spiritual psychology can cut off the soul from cosmic principles. In the fabric of the cosmos there is no radical break. In its own fashion discontinuity does exist; it is what it is.

Of necessity it includes many points of view which may on occasions be mutually contradictory, if their logical form is alone taken into account without regard to the universal truth to which they all relate. Because of this it may be that one master rejects some doctrinal assertion of another master whose authority he none the less recognizes. Thus, for example, ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Jīlī, in his book Al-Insān al-Kāmil (Universal Man) which is founded on the teaching of Ibn ʿArabī, rejects the latter’s statement that Divine Knowledge depends, like every science, on its object.

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