This text analyses the meaning of the word Irfan and its significance in Islamic Philosophy, and how it can be applied in the sense of special esoteric knowledge of God to the life and example of Imam Ali (as).
This article can be found in pages 5-20 of Religious Inquiries (Volume 3, Issue 5, Winter and Spring 2014, edited by the University of Religions and Demoniations Press) and was written by Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen. May it bridge the gap between Muslims through the love of ‘Ali (as), if Allah wills so.