Category Archives: Odyssey – Islam: An Infidel Watching

Issues and discussions relative to Islam

Shams al-Ma’arif – The Most Dangerous Book in the World?…


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Date: November 02, 2022

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“In this episode, we explore the most (in)famous book of occult sciences in the history of the Islamicate World: the Shams al-Ma’arif (Sun of Knowledge).
WARNING: I am quoting and showing images from the book in this episode. Those concerned about its dangers might want to avoid watching it.

Sources/Recomended Reading:

Al-Buni, Ahmad ibn ‘Ali. “The Sun of Knowledge (Shams al-Ma’arif): An Arabic Grimoire in Selected Translation”. Translated by Amina Inloes & Illustrated by J.M. Hamade. Revelore Press, 2021.

Coulon, Jean-Charles (2022). “Amulets and Talismans in the Earliest Works of the Corpus Bunianum”. In “Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context” (Edited by Marcela A. Garcia & Petra M. Sijpesteijn). Brill.

Gardiner, Noah (2012). “Forbidden Knowledge? Notes on the production, transmission, and reception of the major works of Ahmad al-Buni”. Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 12 (2012). University of Michigan.

Gardiner, Noah (2014). “Esotericism in a manuscript culture: Aḥmad al-Būnī and his readers through the Mamlūk period”. Doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan.

Gardiner, Noah (2017). “Esotericist Reading Communities and the Early Circulation of the Sufi Occultist Aḥmad al-Būnī’s Works”. Arabica 64 (2017) 405-441. Brill.

Gardiner, Noah (2017). “Stars and Saints: The Esotericist Astrology of the Sufi Occultist Ahmad al-Buni”. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft (Spring 2017). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Melvin-Koushki, Matthew & Noah Gardner (2017). “Islamicate Occultism: New Perspectives”. Brill.

Saif, Liana (2015). “The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy”. Palgrave Macmillan.

Saif, Liana; Francesca Leoni; Matthew Melvin-Koushki & Farouk Yahya (2021). “Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice”. Brill.

Saif, Liana (2022). “Narratives of Danger: The Sun of Knowledge in Arabic Occulture”. Article: https://www.leidenislamblog.nl/articles/narratives-of-danger-the-sun-of-knowledge-in-arabic-occulture

Savage-Smith, Emily (ed.) (2004). “Magic & Divination in Early Islam”. Ashgate Publishing.

Van Bladel, Kevin (2009). “The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science”. Oxford University Press.

Varisco, Daniel Martin (2017). “Illuminating the Lunar Mansions (manazil al-qamar) in Sams al-Ma’arif”. Arabica 64 (2017), 487-530. Qatar University.

“The Openings Revealed in Makka”, al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya by Ibn ‘Arabi. Translated by Eric Shu’ayb Winkel. Vol. 1. Pir Press.

“Shams al-Ma’arif al-Kubra”. Arabic Printed Edition by Dar al-Mizan.”

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‘Different rules’ apply with Islam…

Date: August 19, 2022

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“Society has just agreed people can’t publish novels criticising Mohammed as “different rules apply” with Islam, says author Douglas Murray.

It follows the stabbing attack on novelist Sir Salman Rushdie in New York.

Mr Rushdie has had a fatwa calling for his death for his novel The Satanic Verses since 1989.

“This is of course intolerable,” he told Sky News Australia.

“It’s the demand of one fanatical sect of Islam to dictate not only what all Muslims will be able to say, but what everybody else is too.

“And that should be deemed totally intolerable with any sense of pride.”

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RAW: Salman Rushdie – Peace Be Upon Him…

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Date: August 12, 2022

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At the time of this stream, a motive was not officially determined…So…potentially, this may not be connected to islamic extremism…

…But, it walks and quacks like a duck…So…this conversation is understandable, in this moment.

I agree that islamic extremists have no business migrating to other places…In fact, there isn’t any truly correct place for them to exist…and it’s ideal that they just don’t exist at all.

To be fair…I hold the same position on jewish, christian, hindu, buddhist, or any other form of religious extremism…

…There is simply no excuse for it to exist…anywhere at all.

It’s nothing more than bullies tormenting others.

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BEING HUMAN ARCHIVE

“The West Must Defend Itself” – Yasmine Mohammed…


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Date: December 28, 2020

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“Canadian human rights activist, author and ex-Muslim, who escaped a forced marriage to an al-Qaeda operative, Yasmine Mohammed joins us.”

I can absolutely identify with the indoctrination described here.

This happens in Christianity as well.

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Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, puts body on display (while still on UN human rights council)…


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Date: April 28, 2019

01) Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, puts body on display


02) Saudi Arabia beheads 37 people, mostly from Shia minority, puts body on display

“The Saudi Interior Ministry said that the men were subjected to capital punishment for their role in spreading extremist ideologies and establishing terrorist cells. Those executed, the ministry argued, were bent on fueling sectarian tension and plunging the country into chaos. Some were found guilty of killing law enforcement officers, staging attacks against security infrastructure, and assisting an enemy of the state.”

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Pew Research Center: survey of Muslims around the globe [2013]…


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Date: April 27, 2019

01) A new Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe

“A new Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most adherents of the world’s second-largest religion are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics. In all but a handful of the 39 countries surveyed, a majority of Muslims say that Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life in heaven and that belief in God is necessary to be a moral person. Many also think that their religious leaders should have at least some influence over political matters. And many express a desire for sharia – traditional Islamic law – to be recognized as the official law of their country.”

This is an important survey.


02) The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society

“Overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law (sharia) to be the official law of the land, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center. But many supporters of sharia say it should apply only to their country’s Muslim population.

Moreover, Muslims are not equally comfortable with all aspects of sharia: While most favor using religious law in family and property disputes, fewer support the application of severe punishments – such as whippings or cutting off hands – in criminal cases. The survey also shows that Muslims differ widely in how they interpret certain aspects of sharia, including whether divorce and family planning are morally acceptable.”

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The Islamic Doctrine of Migration…


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Date: March 25, 2019

01) The Islamic Doctrine of Migration


“Dr. Bill Warner discusses political Islam and the role that migration plays as a form of Islamic Jihad.

Bill Warner, Ph.D. is a highly respected expert on political Islam. In 2006, he founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) to further the study of the politics of the ideology of Islam and its ramifications for Western Civilization. Warner defines political Islam as that part of Islamic doctrine which concerns the non-Muslim. He is author of fifteen books, including the Amazon bestseller, Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, which is published in 20 languages. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and applied mathematics. His website is PoliticalIslam.com.

Citation:
https://www.politicalislam.com/

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