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Schuon, Frithjof

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Author(s): Quinn, William
Schuon, Frithjof (also known as Shaykh ʿIsâ Nur al-Dîn Ahmad al-Shâdhilî al-Darqâwî al-ʿAlawî al-Maryamî), * 18 Jun 1907 (Basle (Switzerland)), † 5 May 1998 (Bloomington, Indiana (USA)) Swiss esotericist and Sufi master [→ Neo-Sufism] whose personal life was complex and whose substantial corpus of metaphysical writings ranks among the most clear, profound, and gifted ones produced by any similar author in the 20th century. Schuon was born of German Roman Catholic parents. His father was a violinist and poet, described by …

Guénon, René Jean Marie Joseph

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Author(s): Quinn, William
Guénon, René Jean Marie Joseph, * 15 Jan 1886 (Blois), † 7 Jan 1951 (Cairo) Guénon was born in central France in the town of Blois in November 1886. His parents – and family – were strict Catholics. The strong sense of tradition found in late 19th-century French Catholicism was ingrained in Guénon during his earliest and most formative years, and was to affect his perspective throughout his life. As a boy, and again throughout his life, he was afflicted with une santé fort délicate (a very delicate health) – to the degree that at one point in his graduate school career it preve…