An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism: and the Mystery by John Ferguson

By John Ferguson

Starting from Christian mystical theology to Sufism, from the traditional philosophers to the Cambridge Platonists, from visionaries akin to William Blake and the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing to the position performed by means of medications, yoga, song and the dance, this Encyclopaedia offers crucial details at the manifold elements of mysticism and should function a complete and important paintings of reference for a few years to return. contains two hundred illustrations.

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3. This was also recorded by Mulla Muhammad Baki-I-Majlisi (d. 1699), the greatest theologian of the Safavid period (1501–1736), see The Shi’ite Religion by Donaldson, pp. 5 and 6. Aisha had a long-standing personal grudge against Ali because, according to Yakubi (classical Arabic historian, d. 891), Ali had advised Muhammad to put Aisha away because she had got left behind during an expedition and had arrived later on a camel, led by a young Kurd. This caused so much gossip that Muhammad turned to Ali for advice, which he then did not accept.

43 Even Forough Farrokhzad whose poetry is so immediate and sensual, is unable to completely forget Christ – In night’s refuge, let me make love to the moon, let me be filled with tiny raindrops, with undeveloped hearts, with the volume of the unborn, let me be filled. 44 The curious point here is that when she wants to convey the idea of love giving birth to a greater love, she turns to Christ as her symbol. And this point is significant in all these Christian references in Persian poetry, old and new.

E. ’ T. P. Hughes, Dictionary of Islam, quoted by Donaldson. (1) Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad; (2) Hasan, the son of Ali; (3) Hussein the son of Ali; (4) Abidin, the son of Hussein; (5) Baqir, the son of Abidin; (6) Jafar, the son of Baqir; (7) Musa, the son of Jafar; (8) Reza, the son of Musa; (9) Mohammed at-Taqi, the son of Reza; (10) Ali an-Naqi, the son of Mohammed at-Taqi; (11) Al Hasan al Askari, the son of Mohammed at-Taqi; (12) Imam al-Mahdi, the son of al Hasan al Askari. See The Shi’ite Religion by Donaldson, p.

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