The Eternal Feminine in Sufism

Readings of Ibn ‘Arabi and Emir Abd el-Kader
Eric Geoffroy

“Whoever values women by their true worth and knows their intimate secret,” writes Ibn ‘Arabi, “does not disdain to love them, unlike the ascetics. Rather, such love is an integral part of the gnostic’s perfection, for it is a prophetic heritage and a love from a divine source.”

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Originally published in Religions, A Scholarly Journal, 2016, 1. Translated from the French by Edin Q. Lohja. Republished here with thanks.

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