Delivered at Heythrop College, London, 5 October 2011, as part of a conference on Jewish, Christian and Islamic Perspectives on the Love of God. This talk develops and illustrates an assertion found in Ibn Arabi’s Futuhat al-Makkiyya: “love (mahabba) is the root/principle (asl) of being.” The author explains why spiritual realisation (tawhid, the integration of sanctity) is the sole means by which the fullness of love can be attained, and why love, on all planes and all degrees, is inseparable of that return which death is.
The Matheson Trust thanks Heythrop College for convening this event and for granting permission to reproduce this talk.
Metaphysics of Tawhid
Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.