The Hurufites

“The disciples of this martyr, the Hurufites – mystics of the numeral, cabalists, and diviners – believed that the origins of the universe could be comprehended in terms of the figures 28 and 32. Using these numerals one can explain the mystery of each thing. It was the Hurufites’ belief that God expressed himself through beauty: the more beautiful something was, the more God manifested himself in it. Beauty was their criterion for valuating the phenomenal world.

They searched for God in the human face. Although Muslims, they saw God in the faces of beautiful women.”

From ‘Imperium’ by Ryszard Kapuściński

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