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The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom
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Comparative Religion
Metaphysics
Perennial Philosophy
Tradition

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ISBN:  978-1-935493-19-8
Book Size:  6"x9"
# of Pages:  324
Language:  English



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More than ever, there is an urgent need to rediscover timeless and objective principles in order to confront the issues of our times. In this collection of remarkable essays, Lakhani summons us to rediscover the sacred worldview of Tradition, governed by truth, virtue, and beauty, as he addresses some of the most pressing issues today, including fundamentalism, gender and sexuality, religious diversity and pluralism, faith and science, and the problem of evil.
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More than ever, there is an urgent need to rediscover timeless and objective principles in order to confront the issues of our times. In this collection of remarkable essays, Lakhani summons us to rediscover the sacred worldview of Tradition, governed by truth, virtue, and beauty, as he addresses some of the most pressing issues today, including fundamentalism, gender and sexuality, religious diversity and pluralism, faith and science, and the problem of evil.

About the Author: M. Ali Lakhani

M. Ali Lakhani

M. Ali Lakhani graduated from Cambridge University before moving to Vancouver where he has practiced as a trial lawyer for 25 years. In 1998, he founded the traditionalist journal, Sacred Web, with the aim of identifying the first principles of traditional metaphysics and promoting their application to the contingent circumstances of modernity. The bi-annual journal has included contributions by many leading traditionalists. In the words of Professor Nasr, "Along with Sophia, Sacred Web is the most important journal in the English language devoted to the study of tradition."

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Reza Shah-Kazemi

Reza Shah-Kazemi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. Dr. Shah-Kazemi writes on a range of topics from metaphysics and doctrine to contemplation and prayer. He is the author of Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart, a look at of how three sages (a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian) approached the Transcendent Absolute. Dr. Shah-Kazemi's other contributions to World Wisdom projects include:
 

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William Stoddart

William Stoddart is a perennialist author, editor, and translator who has been active in advancing the understanding of the writings of Frithjof Schuon, Titus Burckhardt, and others, for many years. Dr. Stoddart's most recent publication with World Wisdom are An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism: The Essentials of Buddhist Spirituality, What Does Islam Mean in Today’s World?, and Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality. A compilation of his writings, Remembering in a World of Forgetting, was edited by M. Soares de Azevedo and A. Vasconcellos Queiroz. Stoddart also edited The Essential Titus Burckhardt, and is perhaps the greatest authority on the work of this great Swiss traditionalist. Dr. Stoddart's other contributions in World Wisdom books include:
 

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Reviews of The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom

“Lakhani approaches the chaotic world with both compassion and sensitivity, but what makes his writings so worthwhile is the fineness of his analyses…. When appropriate, it is his custom to offer an opinion as to what the ‘cure’ for some problem or other might be. His opinions are a combination of principles and commonsense, and always repay much pondering…. Following in the footsteps of the great, Mr. Lakhani takes no prisoners!”
William Stoddart, author of Remembering in a World of Forgetting


“The essays gathered here come from the pen of someone … who is well aware of both the difficulties of living in the modern world, and of the mercies and graces which are present in every world and in every age. Rather than allowing himself to be dispirited by the difficulties, Lakhani chooses instead to be uplifted by the mercies and to respond to the challenge of living in the modern world by imaginatively and intelligently applying traditional principles to contemporary problems.”
Reza Shah-Kazemi, author of Paths to Transcendence


“For well over a decade now Sacred Web: A Journal of Tradition and Modernity has stood as the pre-eminent forum for the exploration of contemporary issues in the light of Tradition. Like many other readers I always turn firstly, with pleasurable anticipation, to Lakhani’s percipient editorials, which combine forensic rigor with stylistic elegance…. Now these small but glittering gems are gathered together, along with several more extended essays and they remind us that the messages of Tradition are ever new, immediately pertinent to both our current circumstances and our ultimate destiny.”
Harry Oldmeadow, La Trobe University Bendigo, and author of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy



“The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom is a fascinating and insightful selection of articles from the traditionalist journal Sacred Web. It focuses on the timeliness of the timeless, i.e. the role of traditionalism within the modern world.… M. Ali Lakhani has a marvellous turn of phrase and an ability to communicate the Perennial vision with a clarity and clearness of language. Whether he is engaging with secularism or outlining the key motifs of Schuon’s work he brings new insights to the subject at hand. His extensive study of the aesthetics of poetry in light of the Perennial wisdom is nothing short of astounding.… The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom is a significant work, filled to the brim with challenging essays of varying sizes. There are so many essays which shine a clear light on the failures of modernism while at the same time showing the way to following the path of Tradition in the Kali Yuga.”
—from a review in Living Traditions Magazine



“Now nearly a decade and a half in existence, the Sacred Web journal is considered one of the most prominent traditionalist journals in the English language. It is a beacon of the formulation of truth lighting the way through the morass of modern ideologies and confusing social movements of our time. The founder of Sacred Web, M. Ali Lakhani, has gathered many of his essays into The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom (World Wisdom, 2010), a precious volume of metaphysical analyses of many of the pertinent issues of our times. The book also includes revised lectures, articles and book reviews. Most readers would agree that Sacred Web’s greatest raison d’etre is that it reckons the daily reality, or rather the illusion, of the modern world with timeless metaphysical and ontological truths. It often happens that those who are blessed with an understanding of metaphysics and tradition find it difficult to apply such lofty principles to the contradictions of everyday life. M. Ali Lakhani has precisely filled this gap between metaphysics and modernism, providing readers with what Reza Shah-Kazemi calls in his Foreword of this book “applied metaphysics”, because the essays in this collection “can be transcribed within the interface between the immutable domain of traditional principles and the indefinite vagaries of the modern world.” A barrister by profession, Mr. Lakhani is aptly situated to enable himself to apply eternal truths to human social action and governance.”
—from a review by Fatima Jane Casewit, translator of A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar



The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom is a necessary response to the urgent need for contemporary minds to rediscover the sacred worldview of the perennial philosophy, and its relevance to our times.”
Samuel Bendeck Sotillos, from a review in Parabola


Table of Contents for The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom

Dedication and Acknowledgments

Foreword by Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi

Introduction by William Stoddart

Part One: The Sacred Web Essays

What is Tradition?

An Introduction to Sacred Web

The Importance of Spiritual Literacy

Pluralism and the Metaphysics of Morality

"What Thirst is For"

Of Detachment and Spiritual Curiosity

Consecrated to the Sublime

“Fundamentalism”: A Metaphysical Perspective

Reclaiming the Center

Understanding “Tradition”

On Faith and Intellect

Umberto Eco, Fascism and Tradition

Towards a Traditional Understanding of Sexuality

On Translation

The Principle of Verticality

The Quest for Moral Certainty

On Cultivating Awareness

What is Normal?

The Problem of Evil

The Secular and the Sacred

“Standing Unshakably in the True”: A Commentary on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998)

“A Single Principle”: On Faith and Pluralism

Striving for “Wholeness” in the Kali Yuga

The Secularization of Faith in the Modern World

Of “Longing” and “Belonging”

Papers on Metaphysics

Excerpt from “The Metaphysics of Human Governance”

The Metaphysics of Poetic Expression

Section One: Traditional Metaphysics—A Phenomenological Approach

Section Two: What is “Poetry”?

Section Three: “Poiesis” and “Logos”

Section Four: Poetic Vision—Seeing with the Eye of the Heart

Section Five: Poetic Expression—Saying the Unsayable

Section Six: Conclusion

“Neither of the East nor of the West”: Universality in Islam

Education in the light of Tradition: A Metaphysical Perspective

Part Three: Book Reviews

Review of Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, by William C. Chittick

Review of Conversations with Wendell Berry

Review of the Henry Corbin Trilogy by Tom Cheetham

Biographical Notes




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