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Mirror of the Intellect: Essays on the Traditional Science and Sacred Art

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A virtually complete collection of Burckhardt's essays, originally published throughout his long life in a variety of German and French journals. Their range is tremendous--from sacred cosmology and modern science through Christianity and Islam to symbolism and mythology. The chief virtue of the collection is precisely its comprehensiveness; both quantitatively and qualita ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published 1987 by Archetype
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Wael
Mar 18, 2014 Wael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une collection d'articles écrits par Titus Burckardt. Les sujets sont divers et variés qui vont du symbolisme (de l'eau par exemple) à l'étude des arts islamiques. Très jolie compilation qui donne une vue d'ensemble sur l’œuvre du grand burckardt.
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Dec 09, 2015 صفية rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I enjoyed reading this book, as it was deconstructing and reconstructing numerous "concepts", "symbols" and "notions" in my head. Especially, for the Moslem architecture related articles (as the book is a collection of Burckhardt's aricles), wherein the meaning of Islamic art in general transcends the individualistic and quantitative point of view, to a qualitative, and universal one, in order to manifest the principle of Unity that the Islam encompasses.
And maybe my second best articl
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Omar Zein
Oct 10, 2014 Omar Zein rated it it was amazing
Burckhardt has most eloquently elaborated how intellect is the one common source that feeds the various symbols of mysticism. He has no quarrel with any ideology and no restraint with any either. Burckardt writes directly from the heart and shows us that when we remove reason from the symbol, the remaining intellect is one, and the only true source of the Truth.
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Titus Burckhardt (Ibrahim Izz al-Din after his Islamic name), a German Swiss, was born in Florence, Italy in 1908 and died in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1984.He devoted all his life to the study and exposition of the different aspects of Wisdom tradition.

He was an eminent member of the "Traditionalist School" of twentieth-century authors. He was a frequent contributor to the journal Studies in Compa
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“Selon toutes les prophéties, le dépôt sacré de la Tradition intégrale subsistera jusqu’à la fin du cycle ; cela signifie qu’il y aura toujours quelque part une porte ouverte. Pour les hommes capables de dépasser le plan des écorces et animés d’une volonté singulière, ni la décadence du monde environnant, ni l’appartenance à tel peuple ou tel milieu, ne constituent des obstacles absolus.” 0 likes
“Lorsque la demeure islamique se remplit d’images et d’objets distrayants, et que l’on marche avec des souliers sur les tapis et les nattes, qui normalement sont réservés à la prière, l’unité de la vie islamique est rompue, et il en va de même quand les vêtements que l’on porte dans la vie courante ne sont plus adaptés aux rites de la shariah.
A ce propos, il faut remarquer que l’art islamique ayant pour fonction essentielle de créer un cadre pour l’homme qui prie, le vêtement y occupe un rang qui n’est pas négligeable, comme le rappelle ce verset : « O fils d’Adam, revêtez vos parures (zeynatakum) en vous approchant d’une mosquée » (Coran, VII, 31). Le costume masculin des peuples de l’Islam comprend une multitude de formes, mais il exprime toujours le double rôle que cette tradition impose à l’homme : celui de représentant et de serviteur de Dieu. De ce fait, il est à la fois digne et sobre, nous dirions même majestueux et pauvre en même temps. Il recouvre l’animalité de l’homme, rehausse ses traits, tempère ses mouvements, et facilite les différentes postures de la prière. Le vêtement européen moderne, au contraire, ne fait que souligner le rang social de l’individu, tout en niant la dignité primordiale de l’homme, celle qui lui fut octroyée par Dieu.
"Valeurs pérennes de l’art islamique”
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