Date: November 03, 2022
Date: November 02, 2022
“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).
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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Date: November 02, 2022
“Are you a religious person? Do you believe In God, good car insurance, or some other higher power?
In today’s video, we look at the countries with the highest rate of residents that don’t believe In God or some other higher power.
This video Is not promoting any religious views. It Is just some Interesting numbers.”
I don’t mean to nit pick…but I never much liked people summing up atheism as “people who don’t believe in god”…
…Atheism is a stance of rejection towards theism…While lacking belief in gods may naturally flow from this foundation, I find it an important distinction that atheism is not rooted in the idea that “I don’t believe in gods”.
No…theism and it’s various religions are complex social structures, intimately interwoven with the fabric of a larger culture…Theism is powerful and often oppressive…plus it has many, many integrity deficits…making it a common home for cruel scoundrels, who want the public veneer of pious stature.
…Claims of gods are merely one thing theism attempts to force upon the rest of us…and there is so, so much more to stand up in opposition to.
Good grief…When taking inventory…as an atheist myself…I honestly think questions of the existence of gods, are probably the least pressing issue, where it comes to social and personal problems caused by theism.
I mean…you’re not entitled to my belief, just because you assert “there exists a god”…I give no free passes on that…
…But ultimately…”there exists gods”…”gods don’t exist”…Who cares?…Why care?…The existence of such beings is nowhere credibly to be seen…
…Withholding belief is always justified, where no credible, convincing evidence can be found.
But, again…atheism is not based on this singular question…It’s a rejection of theism.
Being an atheist does not bar us from accepting, that abnormal, unexplained…even theoretically “supernatural” experiences do happen.
As an atheist [formerly raised baptist]…I’ve had many experiences I cannot easily explain…Based on my personal life experiences, I’m not entirely convinced that ESP is pure bunk, for example…
I don’t reject spirituality…nor entirely “the spirit world”…Or, to put it another way…I’ve had enough strange experiences, to where I withhold my rejection of it.
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