Majma‘ al-Bahrayn by Dara Shikoh

Dara Shikoh (1615-1659)

This work by Prince Dara Shikoh is one of the earliest to explicitly try to make sense of the diversity of religions by plumbing their depths. Its author, a Sufi Muslim prince, derived much instruction on the Upanishads directly from Hindu sages, ultimately referring to this latter work as “an ocean of monotheism”.

The Majma‘ al-Bahrayn, The Mingling of the Two Oceans, is full of cosmological and psychological subtleties, confronting in the most candid manner the macrocosmic and microcosmic gnosis (ma‘rifah) of Hindu and Muslim saints. The edition presented here includes the original Arabic text and detailed indices.

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