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Constructing a Place for Silence: Architecture and the Khalwatiya Sense of Religious Space

Earle H. Waugh

in Visionaries of Silence

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160899
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970467 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160899.003.0006
Constructing a Place for Silence: Architecture and the Khalwatiya Sense of Religious Space

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One aspect of a way of orienting oneself to the world is silence. A desire for silence demonstrates a reluctance to invest all meaning in word and text, with the result that one relies on other physical means with which to convey reality. There is a vital Demirdash attempt in silence to incorporate other dimensions of meaning into the sacred world order, and to construct an environment amenable to it. Every religious establishment requires both a geographic and local cultural component if it is to integrate itself into a community. In the Demirdashiya case, that implicit religious logic derives from the system of values and visionary perceptions brought to the order by Shaikh Muhammad Demirdash and subsequently shaped by the evolving perceptions of the leadership of the order.

Keywords: silence; meaning; reality; cultural component; perceptions

Chapter.  10972 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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