Press Releases of Publications

New Study Introduces The Periodic Table Of The World’s Religious And Philosophical Traditions

Dr Thomas Daffern suggest that a minimum of spiritual and interfaith literacy is vital for planetary peace

Betete, France –  Drawing on over 40 years of intensive research and teaching, IIPSGP announces the publication of the Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions. The key idea behind the table has been to present in simple, direct and immediate fashion the fruits of the aeons of spiritual, intellectual and philosophical searching on the part of mankind, into the nature of truth, reality and existence. The table takes the form it does firstly because it is consciously modelled after Mendeleyev’s Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements. Another influence on the gestation of the Table has been the life and works of Sir Isaac Newton. The table takes a roughly chronological form – although there are exceptions. The first lines of the table moving from the top are coloured light green. Buddhism is delineated in the colour red on the second band. Next comes the long light blue sections of Christianity – listed in all their complex diversity and plurality. Next we come to the yellow boxes of Hinduism. On the line below we have the light green of Islamic traditions. Jainism comes next as two white boxes in the centre of the table. Shintoism has the colour of dark green, to evoke the sacred pine trees of Japan. The grey end of the spectrum comes next, with the many New Religious Movements, which are enunciated and outlined. Sikhism follows in gold. Then come the purple boxes of the Persian faiths, Lastly we have the bottom quadrant  of philosophical teaching traditions. The Table gives students and professors alike a reference base-line from which to have mature and informed discussions about the complexities of theological, philosophical and scientific truth claims and epistemic realities. The Table is intended as an educational and research tool. It can be accessed both in book form, as a poster and directly on its website. Parts of it can be photocopied and used in lessons and in research seminars. It can form the basis for specific classes and study courses, dealing with any or all aspects of each of the 168 specific numbered categories or varieties of faith traditions enumerated. It can also form the basis for work by educational and interfaith communities, church groups, seminary study sessions, Mosques, Gurdwaras, religious studies courses in schools and Universities  etc. The author contends that just as a scientist needs to know the entire 118 elements of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in order to be scientifically literate, so the theologians, priests or students of any one religious or philosophical and intellectual tradition, need to know at least the overview of all 168 religious and philosophical traditions, ideally to the depth presented in the Periodic Table, in order to achieve complete theological, spiritual and philosophical literacy. In our new globalised world, we need to have some knowledge of all the complex belief systems in this complex “post-modern” world.

 

“The Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical traditions

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern         Price Paperback: £18.15 Ebook: (PDF): £6.14

Audience: Historians, academics, Christians, theologians, esotericists, religious experts, priests, monks, nuns,  peace and conflict experts, philosophers, analysts, diplomats, educators, media, librarians, booksellers, Buddhists, Sufis,

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford, as well as in schools. He has published over 40 books on the world’s religious and philosophical traditions.

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New Book Outlines Comparative Study of the Qabalah and the Runes Indicating Ultimate Common Derivation

Dr Thomas Daffern argues that to find peace in the Middle East we need to find  the common roots of all cosmologies

Betete, France –  The fruit of some 30 years of intensive research into the comparative genealogy of the Qabalah, the author began his studies of Jewish mysticism in the later 1970’s in Canada and after moving to London studied with many important Qabalah teachers in person, and in the rich libraries of London, New York and Israel. He undertook research on comparative Qabalah for UNESCO in relation to international peace research (in Cordoba) and early on decided the Qabalah is a key to peacemaking in the Middle East, due to its similarity to Islamic philosophy and Sufism. Studying Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic, he discovered that Christian Qabalah also dates back to the time of Jesus himself  which explains the fundamental approach of Jesus to  earlier Judaism: “Before Abraham was, I am” he explained to his disciples, in a way that only a God intoxicated Qabalist could. Later studies in the three Books of Enoch confirmed in the author the convincement that Judaism, Christianity and Islam can be reconciled for irenic purposes by focusing on their Qabalistic roots. An intensive study of the Quran, and a deep exploration of Islamic thought and Sufism only made more explicit this intuitive understanding. Meanwhile, the challenge for modernity is: how to bridge the Semitic revealed religious traditions with European paganism, such as Druidry or the Runic teachings ? An intensive period of research into the Runes, both theoretically, historically and existentially led to the discovery that the Runes are in fact using exactly the same map as the Qabalah to describe the human physical, emotional, psychic and spiritual cosmologies. Thus the idea of writing this book emerged in 2011-2012 when studying  at the Castle of the Muses in Scotland.  The Qabalah Runes is thus an important study of how the ancient Hebrew Qabalistic system, which had influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam, can in fact be taken even further back in time to link with the Norse, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon runic teachings, which by tradition were discovered by Odin. This work enables all deep students and seekers of wisdom to have a valuable tool for spiritual transformation in the palm of their hands. It will be of value to all Qabalists and Runologists and all who seek to understand the human condition. Philosophers of religion and also philosophers of language will all find something in this work that sets them thinking anew about some very old problems. It also includes much information on the Druid understandings of language and sonic magic, as well as Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Anglo-Saxon and Aramaic. The book proposes a new field of linguistics, psycho-semantics and gives a very detailed overview of the thesis that Indo European and Hamito Semitic languages are in fact inter-related and trace back to a common ancestry.

 

“The Qabala Runes – A Comparative Philological And Philosophical Study Of The Qabala, Ogham, Sanskrit, Greek, Arabic, Druid And Runic Systems Of Wisdom”

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Price 19.99 Pounds         Soft cover, 1 volume, 512 pages (in English)      Audience: Historians, academics, Muslims, Jews, Qabalists, Runologists, pagans,  Christians, Druids, esotericists, religious experts,, peace and conflict experts, philosophers, politicians, diplomats, educators, media professionals,

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford.

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New Book Gives Most Comprehensive Historical Study of the Events of 9/11 Ever Undertaken by a Modern Academic Historian

Dr Thomas Daffern argues that for lasting peace in the Middle East we have to understand who caused 9/11

Betete, France – Practicing epoche, Dr.  Thomas Daffern argue the crises we are facing in the contemporary Middle East and worldwide, are due in large measure to our failure to fully understand the events that happened on the 11 September 2001 (&  9/9/2001). These events have continued to resonate as a shock wave in modern history and have been interpreted by the West as an excuse to attack Islamic cultures around the world, on the grounds that “Islamic terrorists attacked the USA on 9/11”. The Bush led inquiry into 9/11 supported this point of view, and soon afterwards, a huge invasion of Iraq was undertaken in 2003, which reduced a once proud bastion of Islamic thought, culture and science to rubble and inter-factional warfare, as civil wars were unleashed inside Iraq and then over spilling into neighbouring regions, especially Syria and now Yemen, which are still blazing away today. All of this chaos which has been unleashed by the USA and its allies, notably the UK, has been excused on the basis of “The Muslims did 9/11” alone even though nobody has ever produced a shred of evidence that Iraq had anything whatsoever to do with the events of 9/11. The official report blamed Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden, but again, without any substantial evidence whatsoever. Much of the evidence produced has been shown subsequently to have been false. Since 2003 an intrepid group of researchers and scientific professionals such as materials scientists, architects and engineers, have provided conclusive evidence that the narrative we were told back in 2001 cannot have been authentic. The buildings in New York must have been pre-wired to collapse as they did, since the two planes which crashed into them cannot have achieve this result alone. Starting from these historical facts, this 2 volume work then asked “Well, who else could also have been involved in 9/11 and for what motivations ?“ The first volume examines some 20 hypotheses in forensic historical detail and explores in turn the evidence for and against each hypothesis. The book also explains the procedures of what constitute evidence and proof,  historically speaking. It examines in painstaking detail what sources we still need to draw on as historians in order to establish definitely which of these 20 hypotheses might be factually “true” but confesses we are not yet in a position to decide – the sources we need to examine have simply not as yet been examined. The work also considers 9/11 from a philosophical perspective. The second volume examines world history since 9/11 and goes into micro-detail on the responses by different countries to the shocking events of that day. The work ends by announcing the establishment of an International Historical Commission for 9/11 to be convened by IIPSGP.

 

“PROLEGOMENA TO A HISTORY OF 9/11: A HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL STUDY OF 9/11”

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Price 44 Euros         Soft cover, 2 volumes, 897 pages (in English)      Audience: Historians, academics, Muslims, Jews, Christians, people of all other faiths, political scientists, peace and conflict experts, philosophers, politicians, diplomats, educators, media professionals, librarians, booksellers

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London, the University of Oxford and the Muslim College (London), as well as serving as head of philosophy and religious studies in schools. He has travelled in over 35 countries and has a PhD in modern world history from the University of London. This study is based on over 8 years of research into 9/11 and presents a Prolegomena towards its full explanation.

 

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New Book Gives  Comprehensive Historical Study of the Transpersonal Search for Peace 1945-2001.

Dr Thomas Daffern argues that to find peace we need to chronicle our transpersonal history

Betete, France –Dr.  Thomas Daffern spent 20 years researching this PhD thesis, whilst working at the University of London on establishing a new Institute of Peace Studies. He travelled to 30 countries and interviewed the world’s leading experts in peace and conflict research worldwide – he went to the USA, Russia, the Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Greece, Germany, Scandinavia, the Philippines, India, Morocco, Turkey… He interviewed many of the  world’s leading intellectuals considering peace and conflict resolution, asking them all the same questions – what is peace ? How can we study for peace ? Is it  a  scientific field of study or an intellectual orientation ? Why does the study of peace lack the prestige of eg. nuclear weapons research ? He organized countless symposia, conferences, lectures and ended up teaching at the University of London and the University of Oxford, he organized over 30 seminars in the House of Lords to give politicians and NGO leaders a chance to discuss peace and how to obtain it. Eventually he synthesized all these years of research into a study of the intellectual search for peace in specific knowledge fields: psychology, philosophy, history, religious studies and theology, and gave a synthetic overview of developments in each of these fields between 1945 and 2001, concerning their findings on the nature of conflict resolution, peace and war prevention. The thesis concludes that such is the complexity of the nature of conflict in our era, that conventional historical tools are no longer sufficient to help heal these paradigm wars. Instead, we need to develop a new way of looking at history, which the author terms “transpersonal history” and which enables us to consider the noetic details of our unconscious psyches and why they seem to be locked into political antinomies whose reconciliation ever eludes us. Drawing on Jungian psychology, transpersonal thought, Wilber, Assagioli, Maslow, Grof and countless pioneers of advanced noetic psychology, the author argues that the reconciliation of faith-based wars is indeed feasible, but only if we develop a more mature psychological understanding of history, and allow our philosophies of history to become more eclectic, more ecumenical and less dogmatic. This is the first time a professional academic historian has linked the findings of transpersonal psychology with advanced scientific historical science, since the two approaches are normally kept aloof from each other. The books is published in two volumes, and includes a comprehensive appendix which includes details of the work of the Multifaith and Multicultural mediation Service, a multingual Dictionary of Philosophical terms, and a Biographical Encyclopedia of Transpersonal Thinkers 1945-2001.

 

“Towards a Transpersonal History of the Search for Peace 1945-2001”

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Price 44 Euros         Soft cover, 2 volumes, 1067 pages (in English)      Audience: Historians, academics, Muslims, Jews, Christians, people of all other faiths, political scientists, peace and conflict experts, philosophers, politicians, diplomats, educators, media professionals, librarians, booksellers

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London, the University of Oxford and the Muslim College (London), as well as serving as head of philosophy and religious studies in schools. He has travelled in over 35 countries and has a PhD in modern world history from the University of London. This work presents the original two volume edition of the PhD (awarded in 2009) comprising 1067 pages in total.

 

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New Study Apples methodology of Transpersonal History to the Critical Analysis and Evaluation of the 4 Gospels

Dr Thomas Daffern argues that the Gospels can be reclaimed as a powerful took for positive transformation

Betete, France –  Drawing on over 40 years of intensive research and teaching, IIPSGP announces the publication of commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – the 4 canonical gospels at the heart of the Christian message. This Commentary draws on contemporary biblical and New Testament studies, using Greek, Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew linguistic interpretations where appropriate. It explores the many levels of interpretation which the New Testament requires: historical, literal, figurative, mystical, and allegorical. It draws on the concepts of transpersonal history to enable a comprehensive overview of both the details of the text, but also their wider archetypal, symbolic, psychological, spiritual and historical meanings to unfold. It draws on Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Quaker, Protestant, Qabalistic, Hermetic, Jungian, Gnostic, Platonic, Druidical and transpersonal ideas, and is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging of Commentaries available to date, earning the sobriquet “Catholic” in the original meaning of the term (Universalist). If Christianity is to have a living future as a path of peacemaking, reconciliation and wisdom, which is still of value in our broken world (as the author believes is the case) then it is important that each generation reclaims the meaning of these 4 Gospels in a language that is appropriate to its own existential situation. This detailed Commentary might well be the missing key to a hermeneutic of peace that Christianity desperately needs to draw out its original meaning and purpose, going back to its ultimate roots, pre-dating the Constantinian theological befuddlement that precipitated the “heresy wars” that broke out 3 centuries after Christ’s appearance. By going back to the original texts, and drawing on a lifetime of scholarship dedicated to peace research, the author seeks to find the lost golden core of the Gospels that transcend the outer differences of religious denominations or traditions. This Commentary sets standards for a new Catholic meta-orthodoxy, putting the search for truth at the absolute core of the hermeneutic project, in order to see what Christianity has to offer the world so badly in need of peace, justice and love.  These Commentaries utilize all the contemporary fruits of biblical scholarship but also bring to the work the author’s unique perspective of “transpersonal history” combining the insights of Hegel, Jungian psychology, Ken Wilber, Teilhard de Chardin,  Jean Gebser, Assagioli, Giles Quispel, Tillich, Hillman, and other transpersonal thinkers of the modern era.

 

“The Four Gospels: A New Transpersonal Historical Commentary on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Complete Price 220 Euros       Audio Books, 4 discs: 160 hours

Audience: Historians, academics, Christians, theologians, esotericists, religious experts, Priests, monks, nuns,  peace and conflict experts, philosophers, analysts, diplomats, educators, media professionals, librarians, booksellers

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford.

 

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New Book Gives Comprehensive Study of Comparative Diabology

Dr Thomas Daffern  also proposes “Education Aid” and ‘The Interfaith Peace Treaty” to solve our global problems

Betete, France – According to Prof. Thomas Daffern the crises we are facing in the contemporary world are due in large measure to our failure to our inability to understand how to deal with eh Diabolic current underlying modern historical events. In the current wars raging on het planet each group calls the other side “the devil”.  There is a new absolutism crept into international political discourse which did not exist in previous decades, but which since 1979 has become an accepted part of modern international relations. The same has happened in national political polarization. . Nazism is accepted as having been inspired by a fascination that the Nazis had with the occult and diabolic.. Modern fundamentalist Islamic ideology has also more than a sting of the diabolic about it – even though it regards itself as fighting the diabolic. Modern militarized Zionism also regards itself as cleaning the world of “devil worshippers and anti Semites” who it regards as more or less synomous terms. Religious fundamentalists have diabolized Marxist since the late 19th century.  This book is the first to lay all the cards on eh table and to as: but where did all this come ? What is this devil figure that haunts history ? How can we analyse it ? Would history lose its meaning and its apocalyptic intensity if we rationalize the devil away, or do Messianic traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islamic Zoroastrianism) actually need a devil figure in order to complete their own historical eschatologies ? What would history look like if we grew out of the need for a devil figure behind events ? Do we also have to give up our messianic longings for the completion of time ? The book provides a detailed overview of the idea of the Devil in over 150 intellectual, spiritual and religious lineages of thought, drawn from the Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Tradition. It gives the names, natures, roles, eschatologies and licitude elements of each tradition, and provides the first ever such guide in print. As an academic study, the book practices “epoche” – it does not take sides, and argue that this or that lineage is right, but looks at Comparative Diabology from a spherical perceptive, ie all the way round, and inside and out.  Believing that the greatest hope for humanity is a new interfaith peace treaty, in which each faith pledges to honour and respect the faith traditions of  each other (https://interfaithpeacetreaty.wordpress.com/) the author suggests this cannot happen until each tradition gets over projecting the devil onto the “other”. It provides a new hermeneutic of peace, in which instead of projecting hatred and fear onto the other, one can attempt mutual self-mastery and a noetic bridge-making based on love and common insight. The work arises out of an analytical perspective based on transpersonal history and argues for a holistic overview of the Devil in all faiths, so we can grow up as one humanity sharing a small and beautiful planet and learn to love again with our whole Beingness.

 

“Comparative Diabology, Esotericism And Conscious Illicitude”

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern                        Price 25 Euros

Softcover book: 190 pages      Audience: Muslims, Jews, Christians, analysts, philosophers, historians, teachers, theologians, all other faith traditions, scientists, peace and conflict experts, media professionals, all other faiths

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About the Author:  Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher and historian, Sufi, Druid teacher, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London, the University of Oxford and the Muslim College (London), as well as serving as head of religious studies in many UK schools. He has a PhD in transpersonal history from the University of London on the search for peace.

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New works confirm the Gnostic Christian Catholic Traditions of St Thomas

Dr Thomas Daffern argues that the Gnostic  Traditions of St Thomas revealed in various sources need recovering

Betete, France –  Drawing on over 40 years of intensive research and teaching, IIPSGP announces the publication of an in depth Commentary on the Gospel of St Thomas, one of the most important Gnostic Gospels discovered in recent times (1948). Recovered to history by a chance find in 1945 at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, the Gospel of Thomas has been recognised as an authentic document stemming from the same Q document that the  Synoptic Gospels used. But Thomas gives an extra slant to the stories and teachings contained in the other Gospels. Instead of Chapters, Thomas is divided into 114 Logia (Sayings) each of which gives a short teaching that Christ made to his disciples, or a larger group of listeners. Many of these Logia occur also in the other Gospels, but some are presented in a new light, to give a deeper explanation than found in the Synoptic Gospels. Other Logia consist of teachings which occur here in Thomas but nowhere else in the New Testament. While some authors condemn Thomas as a “Gnostic” gospel, in fact as Clement of Alexandria, a great early theologian pointed out, there is such a thing as authentic Christian Gnosis, for unless Christianity had this intellectual or knowledge based dimension, it would be simply a faith-cult, unappealing to people of reason and intellect, like myriads of others throughout history and nowadays. The author argues that the  Thomas tradition represents an alternative and complementary way of Christian discipleship, which emphasises intellectual assent and rational study and profound philosophical, ethical and metaphysical analysis of the life and teachings of Christ. This Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas, set against the other major Gospels, breaks new ground in the scientific and theological study of the New Testament, and reminds listeners that Christianity does in fact have a robust intellectual content which has been too long neglected. This commentary draws on Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic, Greek, Latin and Egyptian studies, to try and track down the roots of Christ’s teachings in all their depth. In addition, the author has recently published the first 2 Volumes of a 10 volume work, The Book of Thomases. This is a major new project – the cataloguing of over 2000 learned philosophers, historians, scholars,  intellectuals, thinkers, academics, theologians, explorers, scientists, lawyers and others all with the Christian name Thomas. The book is evidence that there is another lineage in Church history, one of intellectuals who use reason, knowledge and Gnosis to come close to spiritual truths. Yet there has never been a King or a Pope called Thomas. Additionally, Commentaries are underway on  The Acts of St Thomas, and The Infancy Gospel of Christ (by St. Thomas).

 

Commentary on The Gospel of St Thomas (audio) – The Book of Thomases (2 Vols)- The Acts of St Thomas

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Complete Price 99 Euros       Audio Books, monthly subscription 9.95

Audience: Historians, academics, Christians, theologians, esotericists, religious experts, Priests, monks, nuns,  peace and conflict experts, philosophers, analysts, diplomats, educators, media professionals, librarians, booksellers

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford.

 

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New Philosophical work on Being and Knowledge

Dr Thomas Daffern proposes to complete the trilogy begun by Heidegger and  Sartre

Betete, France –  Drawing on over 10 years of intensive research and teaching, IIPSGP announces the publication of the first two volumes of Being and Knowledge, the author’s Magnum Opus. First begun in 2007 when teaching in Dorset, this work has taken 10 years to bring to the point at which the first two volumes are being published, with another 8 volumes currently in preparation. This work, Being and Knowledge, is intended as the third in a trilogy of philosophical works, following on from Heidegger’s Being and Time and Sartre’s Being and Nothingness, both of which works have inspired the author, along with the writings of Aristotle, Duns Scotus, Shankara, Mulla Sadra, Maimonides, Kierkegaard, Hegel, Gebser, Wilber, Aurobindo, Marx, Plato, Nagarjuna and countless others. This work is different from Sartre and Heidegger in that it is unashamedly interfaith, and draws on a truly global philosophical range of positions and perspectives. This work offers a solution to the puzzle of what is happening on our planet right now, as rival groups and factions contend with competing ideas of what is true knowledge, and insist knowledge (x) is better than (y), and that definition (w) of ultimate being is better than definition (z). The author proposes instead a holistic and comprehensive eagle-eye “spherical” perspective on how to realise peace, enlightenment and love on this troubled planet in our time. This is a work in pure philosophy in the European continental tradition of existentialism, but it also proposes that it is possible to integrate the Anglo-American tradition of empiricism to continental philosophy, and that both approaches (empiricism and subjectivism) are needed if we are to fully understand the complex interplay of Being and Knowledge as human life and nature interactions unfold. Heidegger proposed that the fundamental angst at the root of the human condition is the constant tension between our desire to Be and the impermanence of temporality. Sartre proposed that it is our permanent dread at the secret omnipotence of nothingness. This work proposes that these two previous approaches were dealing with secondary aspects of the fundamental tensions at the heart of the human condition which is our dual need to understand both Being (Absolute reality) in abstract terms, and our desire for knowledge, in concrete, specific and definable contexts. The author explores how this dialectic has played out in different philosophical systems and proposes a coming together of divergent approaches in order to foster peace and reconciliation between the warring parties and theological factions now fighting for global hegemony on our planet. Thus this work is an exercise in pansophism and irenicism in the traditions of Leibniz, Spinoza and Bacon etc.

Being and Knowledge  – 2 volumes

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Complete Price 25 Euros       Audio Book, monthly subscription 9.95

Audience: Historians, academics, socialists, Marxists, Christians, theologians, esotericists, religious experts, political scientists, economists, conservatives, liberals, socialists, peace experts, philosophers, educators.

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About the Author Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford. He is European Convener of the World Intellectual Forum and lives in France.

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New Audio Book Gives Most Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran Ever Undertaken by a Modern Western Intellectual  in the English Language

Dr Thomas Daffern  also proposes “Education Aid” and ‘The Interfaith Peace Treaty” to solve our global problems

Betete, France – According to Prof. Thomas Daffern the crises we are facing in the contemporary world are due in large measure to our failure to understand the ideas underlying the Holy Quran. Muslims read it in diverse ways, from a book of esoteric mysteries, to a book of exoteric admonitions and laws and prohibitions. Western intellectuals, if they read it at all, do so largely to mock its historicity, pour scorn on its teachings and laugh at the simplistic theology which it seems to endorse. Some extremist modern Islamologists try to claim that Mecca never existed and the Quran was produced in Syria as a forgery. Jewish commentators on the Q”uran likewise on the whole are hostile and claim that Islam is a deviation from the eternal Torah and that Muslims need to be weaned off their favorite prejudices. Dr Daffern proposes instead a hermeneutics of peace, a level playing field, in which the full panoply of Western intellectual resources and recent philosophical and historical discoveries should be brought to bear to make sense of this infinitely complex text. As a philosopher, the author proposes that we examine line by line the teachings of the text and consider them historically, philosophically, ethically  and mystically, to try and see what light the Quran can shed on solving our current global problems. The hermeneutic of peace adopted in this commentary is one in which scholars and theologians of all faiths, not just Islam, are invited to take another look at the Quran, a book of guidance and inspiration to over a billion people on the planet, and to see whether we can reclaim its message for a universal philosophical path towards peace, which  can actualize the true intentions of Muhammad in downloading this extraordinary text on our behalf all those centuries ago. If this commentary were studied is all schools, Mosques and universities worldwide we would all have peace!

 

Believing that the greatest hope for humanity is a new interfaith peace treaty, in which each faith pledges to honour and respect the faith traditions of  each other (https://interfaithpeacetreaty.wordpress.com/) a fresh peace hermeneutic for Quranic theology will enable mankind to move forward with all the faiths working hand in hand towards constructing a genuine peace order not based on violence and force, but on deep understanding. This audio book (published by IIPSGP Publishing) has the survival of humanity in its sights, based on a new encounter with the teachings of the Holy Quran, explained here in philosophical English in a way which everyone can understand and resonate with, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.

 

“The Commentary on the Quran”                  By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern                        Price 125 Euros

Audio book: 150 hours of recorded commentary (in English)      Audience: Muslims, Jews, Christians, all other faiths

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher and historian, Sufi, Druid teacher, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London, the University of Oxford and the Muslim College (London), as well as serving as head of religious studies in schools. He has travelled in over 35 countries and has a PhD in transpersonal history from the University of London. This commentary is based on over 40 years of research, teaching and study-prayer into the meaning Islamic history and philosophy.

 

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New Commentary On The Gospel Of Mary Magdalene

Dr Thomas Daffern Undertakes Commentary As Part Of A Wider Reclamation Movement For Female Gnostic Wisdom

Betete, France –  Drawing on over 40 years of intensive research and teaching, IIPSGP announces the publication of an in depth Commentary on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. This Gospel was found in Coptic in the Berlin Papyrus, which was discovered at  Panoplis (Ahmni) in Egypt. It has also been found in  some Greek fragments. In Cairo, in January 1896, Carl Reinhardt bought the codex, which had been recently discovered, wrapped in feathers, in a niche in a wall at a Christian burial site. It was a papyrus bound book (a codex), dating to early 5th century (or possibly late 4th century) that was written in Sahidic dialect of Coptic, which was in common use in Egypt during that time.It was taken to Berlin for the Berliner Museen, where it was brought to the notice of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences by Carl Schmidt, July 16, 1896. The gnostic contents of the Berlin Codex were not finally completely translated until 1955. The “Berlin Codex” is a single-quire Coptic codex bound with wooden boards covered with leather. Four texts are bound together in the Berlin Codex. All are Greek works in Coptic translations. The first, is this fragmentary Gospel of Mary, for which this is the primary source manuscript. The manuscript is a Coptic translation of an earlier Greek original.  It tells of a post resurrection discussion between Jesus and the Disciples in which Mary Magdalene steps forth as a profound esoteric teacher initiated into deeper levels of gnosis than the other disciplines had realised at first. This Commentary explores the complex meanings of the text and relates them to Gnostic, Hermetic, Qabalistic, pagan and other spiritual cosmologies, as well as Orthodox Christian and Jewish teachings. In addition the author has initiated, with colleagues, the formation of the Mary Magdalene Studies Association which meets in France on July 22 each year (her feast day). For the 2016 launch meeting, a special BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MARY MAGDALENE STUDIES was also published. This bibliography is the first ever detailed bibliographical study done of Mary Magdalene Studies, written in advance of the launch conference of the new Mary Magdalene Studies Association in France, on July 22, 2017. For those who cannot come to the conference but wish to participate at a distance, it is possible to read this bibliography and gain some useful ideas of the scope and comprehensiveness of our approach to Mary Magdalene research. Colleagues interested in learning about or contributing to contemporary scholarship on Mary Magdalene are welcome  also to apply to join the Mary Magdalene Studies Association by contacting the Publishers.

 

Commentary on The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (audio) – Bibliography Of Mary Magdalene Studies

By Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern          Complete Price 25 Euros       Audio Book, monthly subscription 9.95

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About the Author

Dr Thomas Daffern  is a philosopher, historian and academic, who serves as Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy, and has taught at the University of London and the University of Oxford.

press release of THE MARY MAGDALENE COMMENTARY