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.[1]He joined Georgetown University in 1991. Laude's scholarly work is primarily focused on comparative mysticism, the symbolic imagination in religion and literature, and Western interpretations of Asian contemplative traditions. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on these subjects.[2][3][4]


  • Shimmering Mirrors: Reality and Appearance in Contemplative Metaphysics East and West (SUNY Press, 2017)
  • Pathways to an Inner Islam: Massignon, Corbin, Guénon and Schuon (SUNY Press, 2010), ISBN 9781438429557
  • Louis Massignon: The Vow and the Oath (Matheson Trust, 2011), ISBN 9781908092069
  • The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation, SUNY, 2002)[5]
  • Frithjof Schuon. Life and Teachings (SUNY Press, 2004), ISBN 9780791462065, ISBN 0-7914-6205-6[6]
  • Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry (World Wisdom, 2004), ISBN 9781282937062[7]
  • Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)), ISBN 9781403970152[8]
  • Singing the Way: Insights into Poetry & Spiritual Transformation (World Wisdom, 2005), ISBN 9780941532747[9]
  • Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions (World Wisdom, 2006), ISBN 9781933316147
  • Apocalypse des religions (L'Harmattan, 2016), ISBN 9782343091297
  • Massignon intérieur (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001) ISBN 2-8251-1488-X
  • Dossier H Frithjof Schuon (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001), ISBN 2-8251-1458-8
  • Approches du Quiétisme (Biblio 17, Tübingen, 1991)[10]
  • Rodenbach, les décors de silence : essai sur la poésie de Georges Rodenbach, Bruxelles, éditions Labor 1990, ISBN 9782804005337


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