Andalusia, or Al-Andalus, developed an extraordinary culture of religious tolerance in medieval Spain that produced works of enduring spiritual and artistic genius. Today, when the world seems to teeter on the edge of major religious conflict, this enlightened period when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in relative amity serves as a powerful reminder of the achievements of co-existence or ‘conviviencia’.
This was the time when the Zohar, the seminal kabbalistic work, was compiled by Moses de Leon. It was also the period of Ibn ‘Arabi, the Sheik Al-Akbar, the greatest of Sufi teachers, while further north in Majorca the Christian philosopher, Ramon Llull, developed a form of wisdom that drew from the deepest esoteric teachings of all three cultures.
Join us on a quest for the beauty and spiritual philosophy of this largely forgotten age, a time when the magical city of Cordoba contained a library of scores of thousands of books while the largest collection elsewhere in Europe had no more than 400. The Islamic culture that conquered Spain went on to translate the works of the ancient Greek philosophers and was familiar with the secrets of alchemy. In this vibrant world, Kabbalists intermingled with Sufis, and streams of wisdom flowed into Spain from both the Far East and the North.
This sixth in the Open Center’s series of conferences on the Western Esoteric Tradition will take place in Granada, the evocative and beautiful city lying below the snowy Sierra Nevada that, alone on the Iberian Peninsula, remained under Muslim control until the fateful year of 1492.
The Esoteric Quest on the Airwaves and on the World Wide Web
On Friday, June 1st Ralph White, Conference Director spoke with Esoteric Quest faculty members Robert Bly and Stephen Hirtenstein on WBAI (www.wbai.org). Please click on the link below to listen to this interview.
On Saturday, June 2nd Ralph White appeared on the The Travel Queen Show (www.travelqueen.com) airing on various stations in Michigan . This is a weekly two hour live travel talk show. The host is renowned world traveler and talk show personality, Jane DeGrow. To listen this interview please click here:
a city and the capital of the province of Granada,
in the autonomous region of Andalusia. It is situated
at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains.