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Language of the Heart

by Eva Désirée van den Berg

Language of the Heart This book seeks to examine how Sufi

Paperback
: Jan 1, 2012 • 350 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295143
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: 9781935295143
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: Art & Photography, Philosophy,
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Rumi’s mystical teachings are of great value at a time of rampant materialism and indiscriminate consumerism, and have the potential to illuminate the precarious state of the world, as well as revitalize contemporary social critique, ecophilosophy and biosemiotics in what is increasingly being regarded as a post-secular age.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction 
Chapter One 
World of Form (Sura) and Meaning (Mana)1
Message of the Time14
‘No god but God’ (lā ilāha illā’ Llāh)21
Nature as a Manuscript32
The Unifying Expression35
From the World without Sounds and Letters to the 
World of Sounds and Letters43
The Universe as a Dome45
Chapter Two 
World without Meaning (Mana)51
Ayat—Universal Expression53
Consumerism and the Mall54
Home58
Car63
Food66
Church72
Language75
Language that Distorts76
Language as Commodity81
2.10 Language that Corrupts Thought83
2.11 Language that is Blubber-Rich85
2.12 Language that Knows no Wonder88
Chapter Three 
Conflicting Voices91
The Commanding Voice of Ego93
Ego and the Voices of Others102
Ego and the Voices of Animals109
Ego and the Voice of the Earth119
Chapter Four 
Finding Meaning (Mana)133
4.1 Knowing with the Heart135
4.2 Knowing the Real136
4.3 Knowledge as Commodity158
4.4 Meaningful Expression170
4.5 Creativity of the Heart179
Chapter Five 
Being Meaningful187
Coursing through the Arteries of the World189
Ishq—‘Dying for Love’191
Love and Beauty195
Bringing forth Images206
Bringing forth Realities215
Submitting to Quietness221
Baqa and the Economy232
Freedom237
Conclusion245
Bibliography249
Index269

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REVIEWS AND AWARDS

The Language of the Heart examines how Sufi thought might provide critical understanding of contemporary life and a pathway towards the recovery of a more meaningful existence. Rumi’s mystical teachings are, the author argues, of great value at a time of rampant materialism and indiscriminate consumerism. They have the potential to illuminate the precarious state of the world, as well as revitalise contemporary social critique, ecophilosophy and biosemiotics in what is increasingly being regarded as a post-secular age. This book is the product of the efforts of her intellect and inspiration from her heart. The author completed her work before passing away in 2010.

Dr Salih Yucel,
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Monash University, Australia

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Eva Désirée van den Berg
Eva Désirée van den Berg

Eva Désirée van den Berg had a MA in Sufism from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She was unable to see her work published as a book; she died in 2010.

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