Category Archives: Islam

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

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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God in India: the Abrahamic and the Dharmic religions

Dr. Joris Gielen studied History, Science of Religion and Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven and also obtained the MA in Indian Philosophy and Religion at Banaras Hindu University….

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The Higher Man in the modern world: a short survival guide

Can the Higher Man participate in the modern world, elevating his surroundings and giving those around him a glimpse of the transcendental even as he participates in worldly affairs? This…

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Violence and the sacred: finding inner peace in times of outer conflict

A few weeks ago I happened to be reading Vali Nasr’s The Shia Revival on the way back from a martial arts session. I’d received a pretty firm kick in…