"LEVELS OF MEANING” AS ONE OF THE BASIC OF THE IKHWAN AL-SAFA’S AKHISM

Ikhwan al-Safa is the name under which the authors of the famous Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa wa Khillan al-Wafa conceal their identity; these authors, howev­er, often extend the term to cover all the initiates or adepts of their doctrine, whom they also call, more simply, ikhwanuna "our brothers", and awliya Allah "the friends of God". The generally received translation is "Epistles of the Brethren of Purity", or "of the Sincere Brethren (and Loyal Friends)", that is to say, of those who are united, in the spiritual City, by the purity of their souls (all corporeal barriers having fallen) and the loyalty that flows from this, loyalty to one another, in fact to all men, and perhaps above all to the true imam.

Yazar: Mohammadamin SHAHJOUEİ

Yıl: 2012
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