Two Films: 'The Traditional World of Islam: Unity' and 'The Art of the Ever-True'

Subject: Lectures
Dates: 18 March 2020
Time: 19:00 - 20:15
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
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The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and The Temenos Academy present two films: The Traditional World of Islam: Unityintroduced by the Director, Stephen Cross and The Art of the Ever-True, an illustrated filmed interview with Professor Keith Critchlow.

Unity was the introductory film in a series of six short films made for the World of Islam Festival in London in 1976, and widely televised by the BBC and in other countries.

Its purpose was to present an overview of Islamic civilization to Western audiences which were at that time remarkably ignorant of our great neighbouring culture. It concentrates, not so much on the religion of Islam, as on the broader civilization and culture which grew up around that religion, binding together many diverse peoples and traditions in a powerful Unity. The film seeks to present the Islamic world as it is understood and experienced by those who live within it. Several scholars who played a significant role in the development of Keith Critchlow’s thought, notably Titus Burckhardt and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, acted as advisors for the film.

27 minutes.

Written and directed by Stephen Cross

The Art of the Ever-True is a filmed interview with Professor Keith Critchlow, President Emeritus of the Temenos Academy, made to mark the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales in November 2018. Professor Critchlow describes the philosophy underlying the film as follows:

‘The authenticity and trustworthiness of all genuine human traditions can be seen to exhibit four levels of Truth or subtle understanding.

The Pythagoreans called this the ‘Tetraktys’. Plato throughout his dialogues describes the four ‘Manias’ or Inspirations.


The Musical: inspired by the Muses,

The Telestic: inspired by Bacchus,

The Prophetic: inspired by Apollo;


The Amatory (Loving Kindness): inspired by Venus and Athena.

For the sacred Semitic tradition of the ‘Kabbalah’ there are four Worlds:

Emanational, Creation, Formation and Action.

(see the contemporary works of Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi)

For Christianity we have the four ‘Gospels’ of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

In Buddhism we learn of the four Noble Truths.

Each tradition has its own version of the four-fold levels of Reality.

In the special tradition of Geometric truth we have the four stages of a point, a line, a plane and a solid. This is the art of the ‘Ever True’.

32 minutes.

Filmed and edited by Yasin Salazar.

Produced by Emma Clark and the Temenos Academy.

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