Frithjof Schuon

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Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) wiki

"Schuon's father was an Anthroposophist, that is a follower of the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner, and as a young man Schuon participated in spritist séances." [1]

As Mark Sedgwick writes: "Something very close to what such a Sufi would regard as "real" Sufism appeared in Europe shortly before the Second World War, in the form of a Swiss branch of a famous Algerian Sufi order, the Alawiyya. This branch was established by a Franco-Swiss textile designer and visionary, Frithjof Schuon. The Alawiyya spread to France and England and America, attracting many influential writers, academics, and other intellectuals, but remained almost entirely unknown because it kept its very existence carefully secret. This is in itself a departure from the norms of the Islamic world. Other departures followed, deriving in part from a series of visions in which, Schuon believed, the Virgin Mary entrusted him with a special mission, and deriving in part from Schuon's and his followers' intellectual origins in an entirely Western philosophical movement, Guénonian Traditionalism." [1]

Related Books

  • Patrick Laude, Pathways to an Inner Islam: Massignon, Corbin, Guénon, and Schuon (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010). review
  • Hugh Urban's "A Dance of Masks: The Esoteric Ethics of Frithjof Schuon," (in Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism, G. William Barnard and Jeffrey J. Kripal, eds, New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2002, pp.406-40).

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  1. Western Sufism and Traditionalism, organizational web page, accessed July 1, 2012.