Islam, Europe, and Evola: Riding the Tiger of Modernity

A couple of days ago, Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union. In the aftermath, the British pound fell to a 30-year low, and a shockwave surged through the global, economic “market,” with panicked investors suddenly turning to the Japanese Yen as a “safe haven.” Having recently written on the fluid nature of modernity, now […]

Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

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[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age is a brief but engrossing history of the previously-unexplored relationship between Islam, often of a politically radical stripe after Western […]

Islamic Spirituality, Freemasonry and Anti-Masonry Explored

Numerous significant connections were made between Freemasonry and Muslim activists during the 19th and 20th centuries, claims Angel Millar, author of The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age (Numen Books, March 2015). The Crescent and The Compass is the first and only book to demonstrate that prominent Muslim activists […]

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of the Roman centurion (adopted and adapted from the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism) appears to have had both strong militaristic and Gnostic elements. The Hindu Bhagavad […]

The Veil Illuminated: Photographer Drew Tal Reimagines the Niqab in New Exhibit

“Worlds Apart,” an exhibition of photographic works by Drew Tal opened at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery last week. The focus of the exhibition – which is also being shown in Istanbul, Turkey – is the Muslim veil. Most of the works are, at least ostensibly, portraits of various Muslim women, some wearing the niqab (veil) and some […]

A “Topless Burka-Clad Model” and Radical Islamic Fashion

“The art of apparel is made all the more important in Islamic countries by the absence of any human image,” wrote Titus Burkhardt (1908-1984), a scholar of, and convert to, Islam. “It is,” he said, “the art of clothing that in a way conveys the Muslim’s ideal image of himself as a Muslim.” Perhaps this […]

Esoteric Civilization: Spirituality, Transcendence, Rebellion and Culture in the Modern Era

Is Western civilization esoteric? If so, is this because or despite the influence of Christianity? We explore esoteric spirituality and its relation to law and ordinary culture; Freemasonry, Christianity, and ancient Greek culture; the nature of esoteric spirituality, and more. Music by Lino Rise ( www.linorise.de) Lino Rise – “Initiate Frame I”.

Profane Sacredness: Spirituality, Sexuality and Violence in Art

Can sacred art be ugly? Can it seem even to be against the sacred? There are a couple of contemporary manifestation of religion and imagery that might cause us to ask these questions. In India, today, poster images of Hindu goddesses Saraswati, Durga and Lakshmi have begun being displayed in public as part of the “Save […]

Henry Corbin’s Iranian Islam published in Italian language

Iran Book News Agency has reported that the first volume of Henry Corbin’s “Iranian Islam collection” has just been released in an Italian language edition. Although lesser known than many more contemporary works, Corbin’s Iranian Islam is considered something of a classic in its field, and deals with the more Gnostic and esoteric side of the […]