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Practical Mysticism In Islam And Christianity

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Practical Mysticism in Islam and Christianity offers a comparative study of the work of the Sufi-poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) and the practical teachings of the German mystic, Meister Eckhart (c1260-1327/8). Using Eckhart as a comparison partner to 'reflect' Rumi's thought, this book reveals new perspectives on both mystics through each of their similarities and differences.

Rumi has remained an influential figure in Islamic mystical discourse since the thirteenth century, while also extending his impact to the Western spiritual arena, particularly after the late twentieth century. However, due to Rumi's complex rhetoric, along with the unsystematic style of his oeuvre, his mystical ideas have frequently been interpreted within the frame of other mystical, philosophical, or religious systems. Through its novel approach, this book properly systematizes and reformulates Rumi's practical mysticism. It approaches mysticism as a coherent structure rather than a collection of unrelated entities, and rejects the imposition of alien systems to interpret any particular mysticism, which often leads to misconceptions. Finally, it holds up Rumi and Eckhart as mirrors of each other's work, displaying the specific characters and focal points of one another and resulting in a deeper understanding of practical mysticism in both Islam and Christianity.

Offering a critical, comparative examination of practical mysticism, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Islamic or Christian mysticism, the intellectual history of Islam and classical Persian literature.


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The Heart Of Christianity

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World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.

For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.

Borg reclaims terms and ideas once thought to be the sole province of evangelicals and fundamentalists: he shows that terms such as "born again" have real meaning for all Christians; that the "Kingdom of God" is not a bulwark against secularism but is a means of transforming society into a world that values justice and love; and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one's heart to God and to others.

About the Author

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Times described as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.



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