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By William C. Chittick

"For the 1st time within the heritage of Orientalism, an intensive learn of Ibn al-'Arabi's proposal is now on hand. William Chittick has given us a translation of diverse passages from the paintings of the Magister Magnus and positioned them of their theological context, hence elimination many misunderstandings that experience prevailed either between Muslims and within the West while studying Ibn al-'Arabi's mystical worldview. Chittick has performed this with admirable readability, and his e-book will constantly stay a most vital milestone within the research of Islamic mystical theology." -- Annemarie Schimmel, Harvard University

Ibn al-'Arabi continues to be often called "the nice Sheik" one of the surviving Sufi orders. Born in Muslim Spain, he has develop into well-known within the West because the maximum mystical philosopher of Islamic civilization. He was once a very good thinker, theologian, and poet.

William Chittick takes an immense step towards exposing the breadth and intensity of Ibn al-'Arabi's imaginative and prescient. The ebook bargains his view of non secular perfection and explains his theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology. The transparent language, unencumbered by means of methodological jargon, makes it available to these acquainted with different religious traditions, whereas its scholarly precision will attract specialists.

Beginning with a survey of Ibn al-'Arabi's significant teachings, the e-book progressively introduces an important points of his suggestion, devoting awareness to definitions of his uncomplicated terminology. His teachings are illustrated with many translated passages introducing readers to attention-grabbing byways of non secular existence that might no longer in general be encountered in an account of a thinker's rules. Ibn al-'Arabi is permitted to explain intimately the visionary global from which his wisdom derives and to specific his teachings in his personal words.

More than six hundred passages from his significant paintings, al-Futuhat al-Makkivva, are translated right here, essentially for the 1st time. those on my own supply two times the textual content of the Fusus al-hikam. The exhaustive indexes make the paintings a useful reference instrument for learn in Sufism and Islamic notion commonly.

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