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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading Of Mystical Ideas



Samer Akkach, Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading Of Mystical Ideas
State University of New York Press | ISBN 0791464113 | 2005 | PDF | 3 MB | 289 pages
Akkach seeped himself in the study of metaphysics, cosmology, and symbolism at the hands of Adrian Snodgrass and Peter Kollar of Sydney. He has also a great familiarity with the exposition of traditional doctrines by Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schuon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and others. These interests have led him to pen a work which is amazingly erudite, and fascinating. He has divided the work into four sections:
  • 1) the discursive order, which deals with the study of symbolism in academia, and the various interpretations lended it by various modern academics, which is juxtaposed with the position of Traditionalists authors,
  • 2) the metaphysical order, which discusses issues related to Sufi metaphysics, such as: Being and Presence, Primodiality, the metaphysics of the cosmogonic Word, the geometry of Being, and so forth,
  • 3) the cosmological order, which deals with Archetypes, creation and the hierarchy of Being, and
  • 4) the architectural order, which deals with the ordering of space in the Islamic architectural tradition, and how the Archetypes, and Sufi metaphysics in general are reflected in Islamic architecture.
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