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batin  Term Image (bāṭin) Script Image
(Language:  Arabic)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: Inner, hidden.
Long Description: The “inner learning” (al-‘ilm al-bāṭin), which means esoteric or Sufic learning, is distinguished from the “outer learning” (al-‘ilm aẓ-ẓāhir) of the Doctors of the Law. Al-Bāṭin, “The Inner,” is one of the Names of God in the Qur’ān.
Source(s): Introduction to Sufi Doctrine (by Titus Burckhardt)
Notes & References: See Form and Substance in the Religions (Chapter “The Cross of Space and Time in Koranic Onomatology”)
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms