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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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Loving and Longing

Loving and Longing

(p.23) Loving and Longing
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

Love imposes a strange overlapping of semantic fields in the center of which are the verbs “to want”, “to love”, and “to long”. In the semantic difference between longing and loving, as in their related verbs “to love” and “to long”, it is possible to glimpse the relationship of those two contents of being. If the semantic complex around the core “long” and the verb “to long” is analyzed, it is possible to affirm that it is not separable from meanings such as closeness and similarity, dearness and tenderness, touching and caressing, gentleness and beauty, and the like. In all these relationships may be discerned separation and the desire for unity. The difference between wanting and love is will. To think about love means to reduce it to will in thought or to translate it from one level of the human character to another. But will is just one of the stops on the limitless path of drawing near to oneness.

Keywords:   love, loving, longing, will, closeness, tenderness, beauty, unity, oneness

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