The Speech of Skins

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

in On Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227518
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237029 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

The Speech of Skins

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A man can hide from another man, and even from himself, but he cannot hide from God. Everything of his remains accessible to Him. Since the eyes, ears, and skin are the borders across which relationships are established between the self and the nonself, they are also obstacles for the other in his knowledge of the inner self. Thus hearing, sight, and touch bear witness to what can be hidden from another. And only those who can speak can bear witness. Human reliance on the other's lack of knowledge about his inner self presupposes the inability of ears, eyes, and skin to speak. They are thus subordinated to human management through speech. But the Self is only present in the pure heart. Touching and kissing and union at the moment of achieving the peak of satisfaction, which unites severity and beauty and extinguishes separation, serve only to show that all dividedness and all closeness are different ways of disclosing that oneness.

Keywords: God; skin; speech; kissing; touching; oneness; inner self; union; closeness; dividedness

Chapter.  1477 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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