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Dhawq (tasting) is a concept in Sufism, referring to direct, first-hand experience.[1] It refers, principally, to the Gnosis of God which is achieved experientially, as a result of rigorous empiric spiritual wayfaring.[2] It plays an important role in the epistemology of Al-Ghazzali, and is often expressed, to some extent, in teleological statements scattered throughout his works.


  1. ^ Arabi, Ibn. The Meccan Revelations, Vol 1. Pir Press, 1988, p. 343.
  2. ^ Ovidio Salazar, "Al-Ghazali: Alchemist of Happiness", Video Documentary.