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ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Jīlī, Waḥdat al-Wujūd, and Reconfiguring Epistemology

  • Rüdiger Lohlker Universitat Wien


This study introduces some new ideas into the study of ideas in Sufism. Taking al-Jīlī and, esp., his al-Insān al-kāmil as a starting point this study argues a holistic worldview following the concepts of the oneness of being (waḥdat al-wujūd) will be able to integrate – and to be integrated – into contemporary scientific concepts like chemical fluctuation, the new synthesis, and holobionts. This will lead to creating a general philosophy of being beyond the Western biases.

Keywords: al-Jīlī, al-Insān al-Kāmil, Waḥdat al-Wujūd, Rhizome, New Synthesis, Holobionts, Symbiosis


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Lohlker, R. (2019). ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Jīlī, Waḥdat al-Wujūd, and Reconfiguring Epistemology. Ulumuna, 23(1), 1-23.