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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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Male and Female

Male and Female

(p.15) Male and Female
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

It is possible to speak about love only through its effects or the traces that are accessible to remembrance and reason. The traces are simply the reflection of one in the other, while the essence eludes those traces that are revealed as incomprehension and madness. All discourse about love is simply the interpretation of its traces and their transference to the other side of the current of love, where it exists as on a distant periphery. The totality of existence may be understood as the presence of two elements—male and female. Those elements encompass one another in full harmony. Their unity produces or creates everything that exists. The relationship of those two elements is, from the perspective of oneness, constant change. Thus the totality of existence, of all worlds, changes at every moment, like a river. Male and female are the initiators of that change and signs of all the movement in the world. Speaking about love presumes the acceptance of God's commandment that His image should not be carved.

Keywords:   love, male, female, God, oneness, totality of existence, change, essence, unity

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