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Anatolian Enlightenment and the Republic – Part 1

2021-01-06T23:28:59+03:00By |Categories: Transcripts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Following the age of Enlightenment, following the movements of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, the individual and individualism gained significant ground in the European world. The problematic of individualism was balanced by socialism, and the individual, or being an individual served as the main principle of permanent modernity. The three basic principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity were born out of the Enlightenment, and their reflection in society, their reception by society –although nothing short of a revolution– was also the result of a historical background. My principle when it comes to understanding the relationship between theory and society is [...]

Eastern and Western Aesthetics

2020-07-16T00:32:22+03:00By |Categories: Essays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Aesthetics is a philosophical discipline, and its subject matter is art, or more accurately, fine art. The word aesthetics is derived from the Greek word for “science of sensations” or “science of emotions”, although this definition fails to do full justice to the concept of aesthetics, as aesthetics today is also used to refer to the “philosophy of art” or the “philosophy of fine art”. Aesthetics is the science of beauty, investigating the essence of art and laws of evolution, but also various manifestations of beauty. Aesthetics cannot be reduced to an examination of the sensory pleasure derived from [...]

The Concept of Feminine Principle in the Hajj Ritual

2020-07-02T21:12:40+03:00By |Categories: Transcripts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Going back to the source in the terminology of Tasawwuf (theosophy/sufism), we find the feminine principle; the mother. In the Arabic language, umm means “mother” and ummah means “children” (ewlâd). The concepts of umm, ummah, and ummî derive from one another. Although it is used in the singular form, ewlâd is a plural word and means “unity in purity”. If people are one in purity, they are an ummah; however, if they have not attained unity in purity, it means they are not an ummah yet. Umm is a significant concept in the ritual of Hajj (pilgrimage) and is [...]

Let Us Get to Know One Another

2020-07-16T00:05:14+03:00By |Categories: Essays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Let us get to know one another, for it makes things easier; let us stop being strangers, let us love and be loved; for the world is no one’s to inherit.” Yunus Emre A person of Anatolia can play an active role in the development of a mutual understanding, being situated between the East and the West, and with a deep awareness of both civilizations. The key difference between the civilizations of the East and West is that while the former is “verbal” and “conscientious”, the latter is “visual” and “rational”. Far Eastern and Sanskrit civilizations may also be [...]

Anatolia, Ashura and Sohbet

2020-07-01T18:57:59+03:00By |Categories: Transcripts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The efforts that I have put into studying the wisdom of Anatolia are not restricted to a geographical region; these are studies which I usually refer to as the Wisdom of Anatolia or the Ancient Wisdom to stress the importance of it on the intersection point of Anatolian lands. I prefer to focus on portraying the great culture and the vastness this culture entails, because the wisdom I am talking about is not something that can exist entirely within a limited geographical area. *** Anatolia is called as the cradle of culture. According to ancient records, Anatolia, with its [...]

Jerusalem: The Heart of the World – Part 2

2020-07-01T19:12:02+03:00By |Categories: Transcripts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When we were in Jerusalem, we wanted to go into Qubbet’us Sahra, the building with the golden dome, where Prophet Muhammad ascended to miraj and the Muallaq Stone is kept, but the attitudes of the guards there were displeasing. They treated the visitors very rudely and scolded them angrily. They urged people to recite the kalima shahadah or a verse from the Quran. They said if they did not recite it, they would not be allowed to go in. These were really offensive and not pleasant at all. I say that the heart of the world is Jerusalem, but [...]