The Tavern and Its Keeper


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The Persian Mysticism can be probably described as the Mysticism ofMaikhāna . In Sufi lexicon, wine usually symbolizes overwhelminginrushes of ecstatic love , while tavern refers to a forcefi eld of existence which is creat ed by the energies of ecstatic love. In mypaper, I shall deal mainly with two concepts: maykhāna ) and samā’ , attempting to show, how the lattercan be used as means to provoke the experience of the former.I shall then examine the concepts of tawājud , wajd and wujūd ‘finding the Real in ecstasy’) asthey are interpreted by Sadr al -Dīn al-Qūnawī , arguing that theyrefer to three stages of substantial evolution
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