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Book Review: The Economic System of the Early Islamic Period, by Seyed Kazem Sadr

Book Review: The Economic System of the Early Islamic Period, by Seyed Kazem Sadr

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog, Reflections | 0 comments

Bismi Rabbi Shahri ʿĀshūrā (Ṣ) What follows is a draft book review by Professor Abbas Mirakhor, current holder of the INCEIF Chair in Islamic Finance, of Seyed Sadr's latest book; it is presented here with his encouragement and blessing. As needed, we will update this post with edits of this draft, as well as with further information about the...

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Philosophical Notes on an Islamic Phenomenology of Consciousness: Part II

Philosophical Notes on an Islamic Phenomenology of Consciousness: Part II

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Blog, Reflections | 0 comments

UPDATE: September 10, 2016: Added a new paragraph: § 8.48.4 Below are paragraphs three through five of eight penned during the course of writing what is provisionally Chapter 8 of a current philosophical project. The first two may be found here: http://www.walayah.org/blog/philosophical-notes-on-an-islamic-phenomenology-of-consciousness-part-i In effect,...

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Philosophical Notes on an Islamic Phenomenology of Consciousness: Part I

Philosophical Notes on an Islamic Phenomenology of Consciousness: Part I

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Blog, Reflections | 0 comments

Below are the first two of seven paragraphs penned during the course of writing what is provisionally Chapter 8 of a current philosophical project. In effect, these seven collectively constitute appendices to the main theme of the chapter: the development of an Islamic phenomenology and science of consciousness. Much of the content presumes earlier...

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Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad III: Dialectical Metaphysics and the Project of Illuminationism.

Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad III: Dialectical Metaphysics and the Project of Illuminationism.

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 3 comments

It has been some time since posting our most recent installment, on objective logic and dialectics, in this seven-part series on the life, legacy, and philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. Things for this writer have been incredibly busy and it has taken much longer than expected to return to this. A number of readers also posted...

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Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad II: Objective Logic and Dialectics

Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad II: Objective Logic and Dialectics

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 3 comments

Following up upon our Preliminary Considerations, we have now reached the longest and most advanced installment in this series on the life, legacy, and philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. Contents of the seven parts of this series: Life, Travels, Character and Charisma Works: Opera Majora and Minora Legacy and Influence I:...

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Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad I: Preliminary Considerations

Major Arcs in the Philosophy of Shaykh Aḥmad I: Preliminary Considerations

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 10 comments

In our previous installment we completed our survey of the life, works, and influence of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. We are now at the halfway point. The second half of our survey, consisting of the final three installments in this series, will focus on the philosophical foundations of the cosmology of the Shaykh. Contents of the seven...

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Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 3.ii – Shaykhism

Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 3.ii – Shaykhism

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 6 comments

This is Part Four of our seven-part series of reflections on the life, influence, and philosophical foundations of the cosmology of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. Here we focus on the phenomenon of Shaykhism. Contents of the seven parts of this series: Life, Travels, Character and Charisma Works: Opera Majora and Minora Legacy and...

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Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 3.i – Students, Close Disciples, Licensees, and Other Contemporaries

Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 3.i – Students, Close Disciples, Licensees, and Other Contemporaries

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 2 comments

Here is Part Three of our seven-part series of reflections on the life, influence, and philosophical foundations of the cosmology of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. This post focuses on some of the prominent disciples, licensees, admirers, and select contemporaries of the Shaykh, including some of the Sufis. Contents of the seven parts of...

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Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 2 – Works (Opera Majora and Opera Minora)

Shaykh Aḥmad al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 2 – Works (Opera Majora and Opera Minora)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 2 comments

Here is Part Two of our seven-part series of reflections on the life, influence, and philosophical foundations of the cosmology of Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. This post focuses on the writings of the Shaykh, primarily his opera majora (larger works). Contents of the seven parts of this series: Life, Travels, Character and...

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“Become a shunner of your affairs” / «كن عن أمورك مُعرضا»

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

With respect to our ongoing series on Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī: One of our readers asked for the Arabic original of the two poems given by Imām Ḥasan (ʿA) to al-Awḥad. Here is a display version, in both JPG and PDF format. In WALAYAH Samawi UPDATE (April 17, 2015): As some of you have requested it, here is the raw utf-8 text that...

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Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 1 – Life, Travels, Character and Charisma

Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī: Part 1 – Life, Travels, Character and Charisma

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 7 comments

A number of brothers and sisters have requested more information in English on Shaykh Aḥmad Ibn Zayniddīn al-Aḥsāʾī. This post constitutes the first in a seven-part series of reflections on the life, influence, and philosophical foundations of the cosmology of Shaykh Aḥmad. This series is based mostly upon a chapter this author has written, in...

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Towards an Objective Logic of the Categories of Faith and Science

Towards an Objective Logic of the Categories of Faith and Science

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 1 comment

One of the peculiar features of modern Western civilization is the conceptual divide between, on the one hand the category of religious faith, where knowledge is supposedly rare or impossible; and the category of scientific knowledge which, it is generally assumed, is the sole repository of true knowledge. This position is well-exemplified in theoretical...

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Walayah.org has reawakened.

Walayah.org has reawakened.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Blog, Reflections | 0 comments

Congratulations to all of our readers and subscribers on this, the first day of the Equinox. For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the first full day of Spring and Rebirth (in South Asia called Nawrūz, the first day of the New Year in the solar Islāmic calendar). After remaining dormant for exactly one full year, Walayah.org is now,...

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Towards the Nexus of ʿAql: A Note on Method

Towards the Nexus of ʿAql: A Note on Method

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, Reflections | 2 comments

This is another followup to our first reflection on the Qurʾānic and AhlulBayti concept of ʿaql. In particular, we are moving towards a discussion of the use of the word ‘nexal’ to help in the translation of ‘ʿaql’ into English. First, a note on method. As mentioned in the reflection What is ʿAql? Towards a Nexal Consciousness, translation,...

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A Subtlety in the Relation of Ignorance to Consciousness

A Subtlety in the Relation of Ignorance to Consciousness

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Reflections | 1 comment

Wa Bismi Rabbi al-Husayn (S) In the previous post in the Reflection section we have begun a discussion of the Qurʾānic and AhlulBayti concept of ʿaql and ways to express that concept in English. Brother dhulfiqar110 made some points regarding Amir-Moezzi's “hiero-intelligence”; during the discussion a subtle and profound point in the science of the...

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What is ʿAql? Towards a Nexal Consciousness

What is ʿAql? Towards a Nexal Consciousness

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Reflections | 11 comments

One of the most important technical terms in the Qurʾān and in the traditions of the Family of the Prophet of Islam (S) is ‘ʿaql’. According to them, ʿaql is That by which Ał-Raḥmān is adored and served; and that by which the Gardens [of Paradise] are earned. It is unfortunately very common to translate the word ‘ʿaql’ by...

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BBM Channel for Walayah.org (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

As part of the development of walayah.org into a mobile or online ḥusayniyyaḧ, we have just begun a BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) Channel for BlackBerry, Android, and iphone smartphones. For more on BBM Channels see, e.g., http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2013/11/getting-started-with-bbm-channels/ http://us.blackberry.com/bbm/bbm-channels.html The name of...

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On the Historical Relevance of the Event of Ghadir

On the Historical Relevance of the Event of Ghadir

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Reflections | 2 comments

From the moment of its entrance into historical time, the event of Ghadīr has been the subject of much theological controversy among Muslims; that is a given. The historical reversion1 of a segment of the Muslim community to the Jāhliyyaḧ system in the wake of the event of al-Ghadīr marked the beginning of a polarization in the Muslim community that...

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To revert, or not to revert, that is the question

To revert, or not to revert, that is the question

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Reflections | 11 comments

The past few years have witnessed a movement of converts to Islam/Walāyah calling themselves “reverts.” The idea, I suppose, is to capture the notion that Islam/Walāyah is not something that one converts to but rather something one returns to. But choosing the word ‘revert’ is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Yes, the word...

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Rules of the Ḥusayniyyah

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Ḥusayniyyaḧu ãl-Bayān | 0 comments

This post is under development and is not in its final state Some rules Part of the purpose of this Ḥusayniyyah, especially the Meditations section, is to provide a forum for objective pursuit of some of the deeper and more multidimensional aspects of walāyah. Members should feel comfortable sharing ideas and insights with the comfort of knowing that...

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Introducing Walayah.org

Introducing Walayah.org

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Reflections | 0 comments

This post is under development and may not be in its final state Introducing Walayah.org It is a common saying, even a cliché, that Islam is the most misunderstood “religion.”1 Yet it is quite accurate, to the extent that one can argue that the essence of Islam remains a stranger to the world, even to many Muslims. As a comprehensive way of life Islam...

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Introducing Ḥusayniyyaḧu ãl-Bayān

Introducing Ḥusayniyyaḧu ãl-Bayān

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Ḥusayniyyaḧu ãl-Bayān | 0 comments

Bismi Rabbi ãl-Ḥusayn (Ṣ) The dialectic of walāyah involves Creation's multiple movements of receptivity and response to the single flow of Unconditional Loving of Allah captured in the divine proper name ‘Al-Raḥmān’. It is through this Walāyah from Allah to Creation that we receive life, energy and each of our opportunities to grow and...

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