by Nedgemee Mahomed
THE Image of magically-reappearing Arabs is one straight out of the arcana of high-mediaeval Sufism:
“And it’s not over yet! After 9/11, nine of the men who had been identified as hijackers stepped forward (alive, obviously) and proclaimed their innocence!
“And Osama lived happily ever after.”
MEDIEVAL Sufism with its perceptions of the functional reality of the ‘Alam al-Mithal (the psychic realm of images), telepathy, so-called “magical thinking” and action at a distance pointed a long finger toward today’s postmodern future. It is yet another sign of the direction now opening out for our presently-exhausted science. In the centuries ahead as we move deeper into the postmodern eon, it is a Sufi discovery that in history nothing can be permanently relegated to “the past.” So the business of any new age consists in large part of taking up anew the unfinished business of the age-before-last. In other words — always stipulated that this is just another way of putting it — the full integration of religious and other reputedly “more true” later sciences, the synthesis of the thirteenth century, awaits completion.
[Emmett R Smith
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[23 November 2007]