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TITLEThe Bahá'í Faith and the Perennial Mystical Quest: A Western Perspective
AUTHOR 1Julio Savi
TITLE_PARENTBahá'í Studies Review
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies English-Speaking Europe
ABSTRACTMysticism is an intrinsic aspect of the Bahá'í Faith and mystical experience as formulated by William Ralph Inge and as expounded in the Bahá'í writings, emphasizing its practical and logical aspects; criticisms of mysticism; a Bahá'í mystical path.
NOTES In March 2006 the NSA of the United Kingdom suspended the "Association for Bahá'í Studies (English-speaking Europe)" and replaced it with the "Association for Bahá'í Studies (United Kingdom)". At that time the Bahá'í Studies Review was given a new editorial board and a new publisher, Intellect, and housed at where this article was provided as a free download. BSR has moved to yet a third website,, which no longer offers this PDF online.
Abstract: The author analyses a definition of mysticism formulated by William Ralph Inge and western ideas on mystical experience. Then he proceeds to discuss mysticism as an intrinsic aspect of the Bahá'í Faith and mystical experience as expounded in the Bahá'í writings. The latter pay greater attention to the practical and logical aspects of mysticism than to the visionary and illogical ones. The author examines some of the reasons for Bahá'í and non-Bahá'í criticism of mysticism and suggests a Bahá'í definition of mysticism. He then attempts to describe the Bahá'í mystical path, as expounded by the Universal House of Justice.


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