Sufism in America:

Making the Case for a Spiritual ‘Taste’ of Culture


Sufi mystics like Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-‘Arabi (d. 1240) and Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (d. 1273) often make the case for dhawq (spiritual taste) as an alternative path to knowledge than ‘aql (rationalism) or naql (transmitted knowledge). Although both saints would agree that the latter two methods are necessary to reach a certain point in our journey as human beings to the ‘Beyond’, we eventually need to suspend our obsession with a ‘dominating’ type of understanding and simply enjoy the taste of honey as opposed to knowing the minute details of its chemical composition.

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