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Journal:   PERSIAN LITERATURE (FACULTY OF LETTERS AND HUMANITIES)   SPRING-SUMMER 2009 , Volume 1 , Number 1; Page(s) 63 To 79.
 
Paper: 

IMAM KHOMEINI’S VIEWS ON EMA’

 
 
Author(s):  RAHIMI AMIN*
 
* FACULTY OF LETTERS AND HUMANITIES, UNIVERSITY OF ARAK
 
Abstract: 
Theoretical theology uses a mystical language full of expressions and terms that can only be understood if they are studied within the related milieu. One such expression isعماء  (transliterated as ema’). Ema’ literally means a very dense and smoke-like cloud; it has been borrowed into theoretical theology from Islamic scripts. Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi first used it, and later other Gnostic figures and men of wisdom used the term and interpreted it within the realm of their own knowledge. In this latter category of the wise, Imam Khomeini stands out. Some men of wisdom have provided reasons as to why they have taken ema’ as an equivalent for the oneness of the God, his divine blessings, and his sacred giving. In this essay, the author has tried to meticulously fathom into the depths of the exact literal and figurative meanings of the lexeme, to provide support for his claims from the views of Gnostic figures, and to conclude his argumentation by an investigation of the views proposed by Imam Khomeini, who in several of his works has alluded to the term and presented his own views on it which are of great help to researchers.
 
Keyword(s): EMA’, IMAM KHOMEINI, IBN ARABI, ONENESS OF THE GOD, DIVINE BLESSINGS
 
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