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Leo Schaya (1916–1985) was an author and scholar whose works focused on the Sufi tradition, the Kabbalah, and the Traditionalist School.



Born in Switzerland, Schaya lived much of his adult life in Nancy, France. He grew up in a traditional Jewish household and from his early youth he was interested in the works of neo-Platonism, Sufism and Advaita Vedanta.

He published several articles on the Kabbalah. He also wrote a book on the Sufi doctrine of unity. He is the founder of the journal Connaissance des religions (Knowledge of Religions).


Schaya was a friend and frequent correspondent of prominent Traditionalist Frithjof Schuon.

“The essential principles of the various orthodox revelations are identical, a fact which can be discovered by metaphysical penetration of dogmas and symbols.”

—Schaya on the Perennial Philosophy”[1]


In English

  • Sufism: Love and Wisdom (World Wisdom. 2006) ISBN 978-0941532754
  • The Universal Meaning of Kabbalah (Fons Vitae; Tra edition, 2004) ISBN 978-1887752602
  • Seeing God Everywhere (contributed essay) (World Wisdom, 2004) ISBN 978-0941532426

In French

  • L'Homme et l'Absolu selon la kabbale (Dervy, 1999) ISBN 978-2850769665
  • Naissance a l'esprit (Collection "Mystiques et religions") (Dervy-Livres, 1987) ISBN 978-2850760440
  • La doctrina sufí de la unidad (José J. de Olañeta, 1985) ISBN 978-8476510001
  • La creation en Dieu: A la lumiere du judaisme, du christianisme et de l'islam (Dervy-Livres, 1983) ISBN 978-2850761621
  • La doctrine Soufique de l'unite (Initiation a l'Islam) (A.-Maisonneuve, 1981) ISBN 978-2720010033

See also


  1. ^ Leo Schaya, The Universal Meaning of the Kabbalah (Penguin Books, 1973) 10.

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