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Author QuotedTitus Burckhardt
Title QuotedAn introduction to Sufi doctrine
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/05/02
ImprintLahore : Ashraf. [1959]
QuotationAbdul Aziz has sent some books on Islam, including first of all a powerful and concise little volume on Sufism by one Titus Burckhardt, of whom I had not yet heard. Certainly the very finest thing on the subject I have yet touched, marked with a hardness (solidity) and sureness one rarely finds in western studies of oriental mysticism. Also A. Aziz's own essay on Islam with two tremendous quotes at the end. This is for me only a first reading of the Burckhardt, which I will go over again more intently. Here a frankly intellectual mysticism-with real roots. The Truth Itself smashing vanity: and with no separation of knowledge and love.
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 115
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