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Teresa Of Jesus And Islam: The Simile Of The Seven Concentric Castles Of The Soul

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Here we see how Al-Damlrl begins his description of the interior castle, which in the case of Nurl is made of corundum and, in that of Al-Damlrl, of gold. In this work, Mulla Sadra describes his first spiritual journey, in which the sensitive or carnal soul (nafs) finally orients itself toward God. This first journey, as Mulla Sadra and one of his erudite commentators, Muhammad Rida al-Isfahaní, explain, consists of different maqamat or permanent stations. The symbol of the seven concentric castles is documented not only in the Stations of Nürí of Baghdad, but also in other, additional Islamic authors. The fact that Saint Teresa had drunk so deeply at the literary founts of writers she would have considered enemies of the faith does not invalidate either her visions or the divine inspiration.

Keywords: God; Islamic; Nurl; Saint Teresa; seven concentric castles; Soul



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