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On LoveIn the Muslim Tradition$
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Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227518

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227518.001.0001

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On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

The contingent self inclines toward the Self and existence toward Being. In that ascent, a man wants nothing other than God. Given that everything disappears apart from God's Face and that it is before a man wherever he may turn, the face of a woman makes manifest the relationship of the Praiser and the Praised. The beauty which that beauty makes manifest bears witness to the way of love as drawing close to Him Who remains behind the veil although He is made manifest in all things. Opposed to man himself, in the conditions following his fall, in which, nevertheless, his original most beautiful uprightness was not lost, is woman as the manifestation of man to himself. What man sees in woman is himself. The totality of his existence recognizes his Creator in that image. Beauty or the fullness of eternity is made manifest in the figure of woman. The sexual relation of the male and the female is the decisive sign of duality as witness and manifestation of oneness.

Keywords:   God, self, man, woman, oneness, beauty, love, fullness, duality

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