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Title: Love (ḥubb) of God in Islamic mysticism, a study of semantic development
Subtitle: I - Love (ḥubb) in the Koran
Author(s): SCATTOLIN, G.
Journal: MIDEO
Volume: 23    Date: 1997   
Pages: 239-258
DOI: 10.2143/MID.23.0.563348

Abstract :
Love of God or Divine love (al-ḥubb al-ilāhī) is surely one of the most important topics in Islamic mysticism or Sufism, though in our view, it is not the central one. We think, in fact, that ‘the proclamation and the realization of the Divine unity’ (tawḥīd) is the real core of Islamic mysticism. From this point of view, the whole history of Islamic mysticism can be seen and interpreted as that of a quest and a striving for the full realization of the fundamental dogma of Islam: “There is no God but Allāh (lā ilāhā illā Allāh)”.

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