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Journal:   KNOWLEDGE (JOURNAL OF HUMAN SCIENCES)   FALL 2012-WINTER 2013 , Volume - , Number 67/1; Page(s) 133 To 153.
 
Paper: 

EXPLANATION AND COMPARISON SUPERLATIVE THEOLOGY ACCORDING TO IBN- ARABI AND OF PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS

 
 
Author(s):  NAVVABI GHAMSARI MARYAM ALSADAT*
 
* SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BRANCH, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Superlative theology presents the great knowledge of man about God: a knowledge above Perception knowledge. Where silence is the most eloquent language to describe Him. In Christianity, Pseudo- Dionysius, and in the Islamic world, Ibn-Arabi, are among the great thinkers that speak of Divine darkness and silence. In this paper the ideas of these two great thinkers are compared and their ideas about superlative theology surveyed. Although these two thinkers belong to different religious traditions and of source returns to their holy books, there is considerable relationship between their ideas. The common Point of thought of these thinkers about Superlative Theology is speaking of God who is far from Wisdom and Perception and we only can talk about Him by silence. God was and is in His Darkness and human kind must go beyond steps to union with Him and entrance to His darkness. The darkness of God is not only ontological, but also epistemological. Knowledge at this step is not intellectual knowledge and so we cannot speak of it. Silence represents union with this knowledge.

 
Keyword(s): IBN- ARABI, PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS, SUPERLATIVE THEOLOGY, DIVINE DARKNESS, SILENCE
 
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