Ibn al-'Arabi's Barzakh: The Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World

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SUNY Press, Oct 14, 2004 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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This book explores how Ibn al->Arabiμ (1165–1240) used the concept of barzakh (the Limit) to deal with the philosophical problem of the relationship between God and the world, a major concept disputed in ancient and medieval Islamic thought. The term “barzakh” indicates the activity or actor that differentiates between things and that, paradoxically, then provides the context of their unity. Author Salman H. Bashier looks at early thinkers and shows how the synthetic solutions they developed provided the groundwork for Ibn al->Arabiμ’s unique concept of barzakh. Bashier discusses Ibn al->Arabiμ’s development of the concept of barzakh ontologically through the notion of the Third Thing and epistemologically through the notion of the Perfect Man, and compares Ibn al->Arabiμ’s vision with Plato’s.
  

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Contents

Ibn Rushd versus alGhazali on the Eternity of the World
43
The Encounter
59
The Barzakh
75
The Supreme Barzakh
97
The Epistemological Aspect
113
The Limit Situation
129
Conclusions
143
Bibliography
187
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About the author (2004)

Salman H. Bashier is Visiting Lecturer at Ben Gurion University and Haifa University.

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