Symbol and Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence

Symbol and Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence

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By (author) Martin Lings

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  • Publisher: Fons Vitae,US
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 13mm | 163g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Kentucky
  • ISBN 10: 188775279X
  • ISBN 13: 9781887752794
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes one ninth-century Quranic MSS
  • Sales rank: 196,984

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Every religious tradition or metaphysical worldview involves a system of powerful symbols, most of which bear common meanings across cultures, continents, and time. This volume, complete with a 9th century Quranic manuscript, explores the significance of the most recurrent symbols and archetypes in human history and elaborates""a compelling theory for why symbolism plays such an essential role in human life. The work explores certain basic aspects of symbolism in relation to the Divinity, the hierarchy of the universe, the function of human faculties and qualities, the human condition, natural objects, works of art, and the final end--all with reference to the great living religions of the world, and in particular to Christianity and Islam.

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Martin Lings was the author of the authorative biography Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources and other works on Islamic spirituality, including A Return to the Spirit, A Sufi Saint in the Twentieth Century, and What is Sufism?

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"One of the most important books to have appeared in the English language on symbolism considered from the traditional and esoteric point of view." —Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author, The Heart of Islam