Sufism, Pluralism and Democracy - Clinton Bennett

Sufism, Pluralism and Democracy - Clinton Bennett

9. Looking Inside the Heart: The Universal Appeal of God and Humanity as Reflected in Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam and Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi Manaw

Sufism, Pluralism and Democracy - Clinton Bennett

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq Hussaini [+-]
George Washington University
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq Hussaini earned his PhD in Philosophy in 2009 from Allameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran, Iran. He acted as an academic advisor to the Afghanistan Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was an advisor to the Center for Study of Islam and the Middle East in Afghanistan Affairs. He taught at Al-Mustafa International University and Payam-e Noor University in Iran during 2007-2010. He worked as the chancellor of Gharjistan University in Afghanistan in 2011.  He is currently engaged in research and academic activities at George Washington University, the Catholic University of America, and George Masson University in Washington, D.C. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Catholic University of America and George Washington University. He has published some scholarly papers on Islamic Sufism and Philosophy in Iran and Afghanistan’s national Encyclopedia and professional journals.

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Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-‘Arabi (d. 1240) is known as a master of theoretical Islamic mysticism and Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273) is known for his appeal of humanity and love. This paper aims to explain religious pluralism by referring its place in Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam and Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi Manawi. The paper also examines the relationship between humans and God, relationship between God and different faiths, and of Jesus as reflected in these two masterpieces of Sufism. Thus, this paper will focus on these two Sufi masters’ understanding of God and its manifestations, the world, and humanity that lead to religious pluralism, practical tolerance, but also on the existential approach toward others’ faith.

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Hussaini, Sayed. 9. Looking Inside the Heart: The Universal Appeal of God and Humanity as Reflected in Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam and Maulana Rumi’s Mathnawi Manaw. Sufism, Pluralism and Democracy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 201-222 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781792216. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27392. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27392. Jul 2017

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