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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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Thought

Thought

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(p.18) Thought
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On Love
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Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0005

Thought remains forever caught in the tension between the elements of duality. It knows only duality and functions only within it. However, duality is nothing other than the proclamation and confirmation of oneness. But oneness is neither comparable nor similar. In addition, it is present in everything that is duality, and that means in the totality of existence. Consequently, to think means to compare. And that is possible only in a world of multiplicity, where phenomena are forms in movement. Thought can bring one to the border, where comparability ends or begins. If thought has a purpose, if it becomes meaning, then God is its foundation. If oneness is infinitely close to everything, then it entails multiplicity as its need. In oneness are all possibilities, but indivisible and unrevealed. Just as the hiddenness of fullness demands or loves oneness as its confirmation, so oneness too loves its revelation in countless multiplicity. Thought is possible only with reason, while loving almost does not care for the help and cooperation of thought.

Keywords:   thought, duality, oneness, totality of existence, God, multiplicity, reason, comparability

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