The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination

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SUNY Press, Jun 1, 1989 - Religion - 478 pages
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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 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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I have not read the book for sake of its cover. Ibn Al Rabi was a MOOR. Black and highly melaninated. Without this respect as to who he was, the knowledge will NEVER be overstood. S. Rasheed Bey

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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

1 The Divine Presence
xxi
Worlds and Presences
xxii
Being and Nonexistence
2
The Divine Attributes
4
The Divine Acts
7
The Macrocosm
8
The Microcosm
12
Cosmic Dynamics
14
Consideration
161
Following Authority
162
Unveiling
164
11 The Scale of the Law
166
The Scale
168
Wisdom and Courtesy
170
The Scale of Reason
175
Affirming Similarity
177

The Return to God
15
Assuming the Traits of God
17
Theomorphic Ethics
18
The Scale of the Law
22
Seeing Things as They Are
24
Human Perfection
26
Theology
27
2 The Names of God
29
The Names of the Names
30
Relationships
31
Properties and Effects
35
The Names of Engendered Existence
37
Secondary Causes
40
3 The Divine Roots of Heirarchy and Conflict
43
Ranking in Degrees
47
The Names Personified
48
The Divine Conflict
50
The Unity of the Essence
52
Names of Incomparability and Names of Acts
54
4 The Essence and the Divinity
55
The Unknowability of the Essence
58
The Independence of the Essence
60
The Name Allah
62
The Disputes of the Angels
63
Incomparability and Similarity
64
Incomparability
66
Similarity
68
Combining Incompatibility and Similarity
69
Ontology
73
5 Existence and Nonexistence
75
Wujud and Mawjūd
76
Possible Things
77
Entities
79
Things
84
Loci of Manifestation
85
SelfDisclosure and Receptivity
87
Oneness of Being and Effects of the Names
90
6 The New Creation
92
Perpetual Renewal
93
Divine Tasks
94
Breaking Habits
95
NeverRepeating SelfDisclosures
99
Boredom
101
The Heart
102
Nondelimitation
105
7 Cosmic Imagination
108
HeNot He
109
Imagination
111
Dreams
114
The Manifestation of the Impossible
117
8 The Supreme Barzakh
121
The Breath of the Allmerciful
123
Relief Through Mercy
126
The Real Through Whom Creation Takes Place
128
The Universal Reality
130
Nature
135
Epistemology
141
9 Knowledge nd the Knower
143
The Usefulness of Knowledoe
145
Limits to Knowledge
149
The Infinity of Knowledge
152
10 Acquiring Knowledge
155
Reflection
158
Reactions to the Revelation of Similarity
182
Hermeneutics
187
12 Faith and Rational Interpretation
189
Interpretation
195
The Rational Thinkers
198
Acts of God and Acts of Man
201
13 Knowing Gods SelfDisclosure
208
The Lights of SelfDisclosure
212
Naming the Perception of Light
216
Witnessing and Vision
221
Perceiving the Veil
225
14 UNDERSTANDING THE KORAN
227
The Goal of Rational Inquiry
228
Reason versus Unveiling
231
The Character of Muhammad
235
The Context of the Koran
238
The Commentary of the Folk of Allah
240
Commentary by Allusion
242
Knowledoe of Hadith
246
Soteriology
249
15 Weighing SelfDiclosure
251
Knowledge and Practice
252
Spiritual States
259
Spiritual Mastery
266
16 Names and Stations
270
The Divine Form
271
The Stations of the Path
274
Assuming the Character Traits of Cod
279
Noble and Base Character Traits
282
17 Pitfalls of the Path
285
Good and Evil
286
The Two Commands
287
The Perfection of Imperfection
290
Gods Conclusive Argument
293
The Straight Path
297
Nobility of Character
300
18 Safety in Servanthood
305
The Servants Worship of his Lord
306
The Perils of Lordship
308
The Exaltation of Lowliness
313
The Perfect Servant
317
Worship Through Free Will Offerings
321
Obligations and Supererogations
325
Consummation
329
19 Transcending the Gods of Belief
331
Worshiping God and Self
337
Knowing Self
340
Paths of Belief
342
Belief and the Law
345
The Belief of the Gnostic
348
Beatific Vision
350
2 0 Seeing with Two Eyes
352
Duality and the Signs of Unity
354
The Possessor of Two Eyes
357
Being With Cod Wherever You Are
360
Two Perfections
362
Serving the Divine Names
365
The People of Blame
368
The Station of No Station
371
Notes
378
Bibliography
410
Indexes
415
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About the author (1989)

William Chittick is a Professor of Religious Studies at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is author of The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi and nine other books.

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