Remembrance: A Husserlian Phenomenology of Sufi Practice

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33 (1):22-40 (2019)

Remembrance can be understood as “the primary meditative practice” within Islam ; as such, remembrance is most emphasized within the Islamic mystical traditions given the name Sufism by European scholars. Dhikr is centrally important in the initiatic mystical lineages linked to Muhyiddin Ibn al-’Arabi, known as Shaykh al-Akbar. My focus will be on the fruitional experience aimed at in dhikr—namely, turning from a condition of heedlessness and duality to a unitive experience of remembering God and being remembered by God. Remembrance will be framed not as a metaphysical doctrine but as a lived experience situated in the practice of classical Sufism...
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