The Sufi Path Of Knowledge: Ibn Al ʻarabi's Metaphysics Of Imagination

The Sufi Path Of Knowledge Ibn Al arabi s Metaphysics Of Imagination Ibn al Arabi is still known as the Great Sheik among the surviving Sufi orders Born in Muslim Spain he has become famous in the West as the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization He was a

  • Title: The Sufi Path Of Knowledge: Ibn Al ʻarabi's Metaphysics Of Imagination
  • Author: William C. Chittick
  • ISBN: 9780887068843
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ibn al Arabi is still known as the Great Sheik among the surviving Sufi orders Born in Muslim Spain, he has become famous in the West as the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization He was a great philosopher, theologian, and poet.William Chittick takes a major step toward exposing the breadth and depth of Ibn al Arabi s vision The book offers his view of sIbn al Arabi is still known as the Great Sheik among the surviving Sufi orders Born in Muslim Spain, he has become famous in the West as the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization He was a great philosopher, theologian, and poet.William Chittick takes a major step toward exposing the breadth and depth of Ibn al Arabi s vision The book offers his view of spiritual perfection and explains his theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology The clear language, unencumbered by methodological jargon, makes it accessible to those familiar with other spiritual traditions, while its scholarly precision will appeal to specialists.Beginning with a survey of Ibn al Arabi s major teachings, the book gradually introduces the most important facets of his thought, devoting attention to definitions of his basic terminology His teachings are illustrated with many translated passages introducing readers to fascinating byways of spiritual life that would not ordinarily be encountered in an account of a thinker s ideas Ibn al Arabi is allowed to describe in detail the visionary world from which his knowledge derives and to express his teachings in his own words.More than 600 passages from his major work, al Futuhat al Makkivva, are translated here, practically for the first time These alone provide twice the text of the Fusus al hikam The exhaustive indexes make the work an invaluable reference tool for research in Sufism and Islamic thought in general.

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    1. "And say: 'My Lord, Increase me in knowledge" Qur'an 20:114. As this book has walked with me throughout my first year as a Muslim, that verse has become my prayer, and Ibn Al-Arabi has very much been a Sheikh and guide in the faith. Two key words in the title of this book are "Knowledge" and "Imagination". Chittick interprets imagination according to Al-Arabi as designating "the intermediary realm between the spiritual and corporeal worlds. But sometimes he means existence per se." Throughout, t [...]

    2. If your into mysticism of any kind this is an amazing read. Dr. Chittick was my religious studies professor at Stony Brook. I was lucky to have him guide me through the text. His office hours were usually filled with students sitting around, drinking black tea, and discussing Ibn-Arabi's powerful interpretations of Islam. I wish I could have bottled the experience and sold it but that would have been heresy!

    3. I read this at the same time as Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy, and I really wish someone would take up the task of a dissertation on the profound resonance between Ibn Arabi's metaphysics and Heidegger's elucidation of Being. I'm too lazy.

    4. This was of seminal importance for me. Mysticism has always interested me. My Granfdather himself had mystical prowess. This book gives an insight into the inner world of the mystic. Obscure at times, it is also a very rewarding read. For the very simple reason it gives you an insight into the philosophy of a saint. Ibn Arabi brings a new dimension to mystical understanding. His theosophy is dominated by his concept of the Divine Names and at first I could not really see the rationale in entifyi [...]

    5. The book itself is a translation of portions of Ibn Arabi's al-Futuhat al-Makkivva by William Chittick. It comprises 329 pages of closely spaced double columns which don't make for easy reading. Plus there are also extensive notes and several indexes, making a grand total of 478 pages.Chittick arranges Ibn Arabi's text along with his own notes to make clearer certain concepts that Ibn Arabi uses throughout his other works. It is certainly a deep book for those who are more serious about not only [...]

    6. A treasure of a text, one to linger over and meditate ona luxury which I couldn’t indulge in, having it for only three weeks

    7. This book is incredible you can pick this up and read it and always be energized to be a living growing fallible human being. i said the shahadah in a mosque there is no god but god . Non Muslims need to read this book to understand how Quranic centric Muslims are. Hadith literature Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him are also helpful but this book goes into great detail of how similar the Abrahamic religion views God , sin , and paths to the eternal. Namely that god is he not he a [...]

    8. For those of us who've yet to read Arabic and who are rusty in french, the first chance in English to have access to some of the Knowledge in the Meccan revelations

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