Europe, Terror, and the Higher Man

Feeling solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks — and with the culture that has given us everything from Baudelaire to Monet — in the aftermath a large number of people changed their Facebook profile photo to one with the French flag superimposed on it. It was a small gesture by a lot of […]

Hijab: beyond the stereotype

“The hijab — the Muslim headscarf — is a simple item of clothing that has the power to represent complex and even contradictory ideas — from tradition and social conservatism to revolution and democracy (or the hope of democracy, e.g., via the Arab Spring). The symbolism of the hijab depends partly on in which country […]

French spiritual author Rene Guenon translated into Farsi

In recent decades the writings of French metaphysician Rene Guenon (1886-1951) have been quietly gaining more adherents in the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. Guenon is one of the few Western spiritual thinkers to attract the attention of contemporary Muslim thinkers, although his influence is largely confined to non-political, esoterically-inclined members of the faith. […]

Initiation, Islam and globalism: an interview with Charles Upton

Charles Upton is a Traditionalist and Sufi Muslim, and the author of 17 books on spirituality. His most recent book is Vectors of the Counter-Initiation: The Course and Destiny of Inverted Spirituality. He recently spoke to People of Shambhala about authentic spirituality, initiation, counter-initiation, Sufism, Islam, and globalism. PoS: Your latest book is Vectors of […]