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Table Of Contents

Cosmology:An Overview
Symbolism:A Critical Review
Historyand Symbolism
Sufism
Symbolism:A Sufi Perspective
Being and Presence
The Primordial Presence
The Divine Presence
First Determination
The Human Presence
The Presence of the Word
The Geometry of Being
The Original Idea
Creative Breathing
The “Cloud” and Cosmic Forms
The World of Command
The World of Creation
Gazing at the Sky
Ordering Spaces
Photo 4.1The Umayyad Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
Architecture and the Sacred
The Ka ba:The First House
The Mosque and the Spatiality of Prayer
Afterword: Architecture and Cosmic Habitat
Notes
List of Arabic Manuscripts Cited
Selected Bibliography
Index
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Samer Akkach - Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam

Samer Akkach - Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam

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Akkach seeped himself in the study of metaphysics, cosmology, and symbolism at the hands of Adrian Snodgrass and Peter Kollar of Sydney. He has also a great familiarity with the exposition of traditional doctrines by Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schuon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and others. These interests have led him to pen a work which is amazingly erudite, and fascinating. He has divided the work into four sections:

1) the discursive order, which deals with the study of symbolism in academia, and the various interpretations lended it by various modern academics, which is juxtaposed with the position of Traditionalists authors,
2) the metaphysical order, which discusses issues related to Sufi metaphysics, such as: Being and Presence, Primodiality, the metaphysics of the cosmogonic Word, the geometry of Being, and so forth,
3) the cosmological order, which deals with Archetypes, creation and the hierarchy of Being, and
4) the architectural order, which deals with the ordering of space in the Islamic architectural tradition, and how the Archetypes, and Sufi metaphysics in general are reflected in Islamic architecture.
Akkach seeped himself in the study of metaphysics, cosmology, and symbolism at the hands of Adrian Snodgrass and Peter Kollar of Sydney. He has also a great familiarity with the exposition of traditional doctrines by Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schuon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and others. These interests have led him to pen a work which is amazingly erudite, and fascinating. He has divided the work into four sections:

1) the discursive order, which deals with the study of symbolism in academia, and the various interpretations lended it by various modern academics, which is juxtaposed with the position of Traditionalists authors,
2) the metaphysical order, which discusses issues related to Sufi metaphysics, such as: Being and Presence, Primodiality, the metaphysics of the cosmogonic Word, the geometry of Being, and so forth,
3) the cosmological order, which deals with Archetypes, creation and the hierarchy of Being, and
4) the architectural order, which deals with the ordering of space in the Islamic architectural tradition, and how the Archetypes, and Sufi metaphysics in general are reflected in Islamic architecture.

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