Dangerous History: Iheb Guermazi
May 6, 2020: Iheb Guermazi looks for rational ways to write about irrational, mystical thinkers. Listen to the discussion here. In this interview, Iheb discusses the interests which lead a group of European writers to convert to Sufi Islam, the confluence of influences within the Sufi community in the Maghreb that find their focus in one particular Algerian cleric, and the impact of the resultant way of experiencing the world which effected both art criticism and politics in our own era. Within a so-called irrational system we find a practice that could help us all deal with the stresses of today.
|René Guénon and Fritjof Schuon after their conversion in Cairo|
|Painting by Schuon; imagined as a Native American Virgin Mary|
|Drawing from the archives of Ivan Aguéli, where he is experimenting with magic and esoteric formulas|