Asfār ʿan Risālat Al-anwār

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Inner Traditions International, Limited, 1981 - Religion - 116 pages
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Review: Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi Manual on Retreat

User Review  - Barnaby Thieme - Goodreads

This useful little book gives a good sense of the contemplative path as it was experienced by the Great Shaykh Ibn 'Arabi. He advises reliance on the foundational Sufi practice of Dhikr, or ... Read full review

Review: Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi Manual on Retreat

User Review  - Elizabeth L'Abate - Goodreads

The "easiest' of his books to read...revealing his merciful nature toward beginning students on the path... Read full review

Contents

Translators Preface
1
Glimpses of the Life of Ibn Arabi
15
Glossary
105
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About the author (1981)

Muhammad ibn-'Ali ibn al-Arabi, also called Muhyi al-Din, was the celebrated Muslim philosopher who first formulated the esoteric mystical dimension of Islamic thought. Born in Murcia, Spain, he devoted 30 years to the study of traditional Islamic sciences in Seville. After travelling extensively in the East, he settled in Damascus, where he spent his last days in contemplation, teaching, and writing. Ibn al-Arabi composed two great mystical treatises, The Meccan Revelations and Wisdom of the Prophets (Fusus al-HikamFusus al-Hikam). Completed in Damascus, The Meccan Revelations is a personal encyclopedia of 560 chapters extending over all the esoteric sciences in Islam as he knew them, combined with valuable autobiographical information. Wisdom contains only 27 chapters, but, as the mature expression of ibn al-Arabi's mystical thought, it is regarded as one of the most important documents of its kind. However, he is best known for his mystical odes, wherein, like all Sufis, he expresses his longing for union with God in terms of passionate human love (in Mecca, he fell in love with a young beauty who came to personify wisdom for him). It is not clear whether his poetry is religious or erotic, an ambiguity also characteristic of the work of the great Persian lyricst Hafiz. Critics have found in ibn al-Arabi's poetry, as in most Sufi verse, elements of Muslim orthodoxy, Manichaeanism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and Christianity.

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