Patrick Laude

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Patrick Laude is a scholar, author and teacher. His works deal with the relationship between mysticism, symbolism and poetry, as well as focusing on contemporary spiritual figures such as Simone Weil, Louis Massignon and Frithjof Schuon.


Born in France in 1958, he took a graduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne while studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He came to the US in the early eighties and obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 from Indiana University. He joined Georgetown University in 1991. He is currently Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where he has been teaching since 2006. He is editor-in-chief of the inter-religious journal Religions-Adyan published by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue.

Laude's scholarly work is primarily focused on comparative mysticism, the symbolic imagination in religion and literature, and Western interpretations of Islam and Eastern traditions. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on these subjects.


  • Pathways to an Inner Islam: Massignon, Corbin, Guénon and Schuon (SUNY Press, 2010)
  • Universal Dimensions of Islam (World Wisdom, 2011)
  • Louis Massignon: The Vow and the Oath (Matheson Trust, 2011)
  • The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation, SUNY, 2002)
  • Frithjof Schuon. Life and Teachings (SUNY Press, 2004).
  • Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry (World Wisdom, 2004)
  • Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005))
  • Singing the Way: Insights into Poetry & Spiritual Transformation (World Wisdom, 2005)
  • Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions (World Wisdom, 2006)
  • Massignon intérieur (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001)
  • Dossier H Frithjof Schuon (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001)
  • Approches du Quiétisme (Biblio 17, Tübingen, 1991)


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