Atalay, Mehmet
March 2010
Ekev Academic Review;Spring2010, Vol. 14 Issue 43, p9
Academic Journal
To be able to effectively deal with the dark side of mysticism, it has been proposed that mysticism should not lose connection with the analytical mode of thinking while it gives rise to intuitive mode of thinking or, simply, intuition. The exemplary form of perfect combination of these two modes comes out with respect to global power conflict. A mystical approach centering on the concept of love concerning the global power conflict can prove sound and effective in terms of this combination. More specifically, unlike other mystical traditions, Sufism as rooted and practiced in Asia Minor provides this exemplary form. Thus, this expedition into Sufism in Turkey helps come to conclusions: 1) Love is the core concept of mysticism or the mystical side of religion. 2) To avoid the dark side of mysticism, the concept of love that is oriented toward God is ever again the first hand remedy to employ in global power conflicts. Through mysticism and its basic notion of love, what seems to be a ferocious power struggle in the globe can turn into the feeling of mercy and desire of service for people.


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