:: Volume 10, Issue 37 (HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM , 2018) ::
3 2018, 10(37): 45-64 Back to browse issues page
Mystical Affection in Dara Shikoh’s Works: An Old Pattern for the New World
Ataollah Hassani
Shahid Beheshti University
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: Love is the missing phenomenon in today’s world, which is full of conflicts. Nowadays, some groups around the world are caught in their ideological and ethnic asabiyyah [with its negative - ethnocentric bias - meaning], and rebellious selfishness. They, with a sense of domination and greed, prepare ground for destruction of natural environment, deterioration of humane soul, and squandering the efforts of scientists in reducing human suffering. Of course, this is not a new phenomenon. In the past, there were many people doing such malicious actions. Unlike them, there were, and are now, those who thought about health and happiness of human being. Bigotry and ethnocentrism acted as the pushing force for the first group. But, motivations of the other group were love and sacrifice. It seems that, the prevailing of humanist and nature-loving thought to be a solution to this problem. Sufis and mystics, far back, for nurturing the human sense in themselves and their disciples, made themselves to purify their sensuality by combating ignorance, anger, hatred, wrath, pride, enmity, envy, jealousy, infidelity, and hypocrisy. They replaced those sins by loving human beings and nature and through this prepared themselves to accept God’s love. Modern man, in order to break the boundaries of asabiyyah and selfishness and dissemination of humanitarian senses is in need of such roles; models who, sometimes, sacrificed their lives for their cause. Dara Shikoh – the Timurid prince of India- was among these activists.
Keywords: Sufis, Mystics, mystical affection, Dara Shikoh, Iran, India, old pattern, new world
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/01/27 | Accepted: 2018/04/28 | Published: 2018/09/15

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