Near and Distant Horizons
In Search of the Primary Sources of Knowledge
With originality and insight, the author makes a compelling case for the need to identify the sources of a traditional knowledge that still has the power to enrich people’s lives in today’s materialistic and anti-spiritual world. What are the true sources of knowledge? Are there headwaters for the universal laws of nature? Is there a source so transcendent that it can resolve the perennial mystery concerning the origin of life and the creation of man? Is there a wellspring of knowledge that can neutralize the duality of the world by offering a unified vision of the Whole?
This work reflects in particular upon the significance of three principal sources of knowledge in the Islamic Traditions. They are Revelation as the expression of the supreme mind of God, Nature as the universal body of God, and Man as the human image of God. The book’s absorbing inquiry and reflective style throw light on the dark mysteries that still confront people today, and will appeal to readers interested in an alternative to the theories of modern science, taking them on an inward journey whose destination lies far beyond the horizon of our time.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Question of Primary Sources
PART A: THE SUPREME MIND OF GOD
First Origin and Final Source—The Knowledge of a True Beginning—The Mystic Pen and the Guarded Tablet
PART B: THE UNIVERSAL BODY OF GOD
Man Against the Last Horizons—Inside the World of Nature—Reading the Messages of Natural Symbols
PART C: THE HUMAN IMAGE OF GOD
The Symbolic Image of Man: Human Revelation and Living Source of Knowledge—Man's True Nature: Man's Spiritual Identity and His Human Role on Earth—Behind the Face of Man: Inside the Well of Human Consciousness—Afterword: Notes from the Edge