Islamic Sainthood in the Fullness of Time: Ibn Al-ʻArabī's Book of the Fabulous Gryphon

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Gerald T. Elmore
BRILL, 1999 - Social Science - 757 pages
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This volume presents the seminal treatise of the important Spanish Muslim mystic, Ibn al-'Arab?, on Islamic sainthood "The Book of the Fabulous Gryphon," In highly allusive, symbolic language, the Shaykh al-Akbar reveals his manifesto of the revolutionary significance of sainthood in the person of its timely epitome, the Seal of the saints. The first part of the book consists of a critical introduction dealing with the biographical, historical and bibliographical background to the "Fabulous Gryphon," along with a thorough examination of its concepts, themes and structure. The complete, annotated translation of the "Gryphon" is followed by further original translations of related texts by Ibn al-'Arab?. Apart from the Fus's al-?ikam, no comparable treatise by this leading figure of Islamic spirituality has ever been presented in its entirety in any western language.
 

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Contents

The Renewal of Religion
3
Muhammad b All Ibn alArabi
13
The End of an Age
49
The Kitab Anqa Mughrib
76
The Notion of Walayah
109
Sfmurgh King of the birds frontispiece
115
The Seal of the Saints
131
Range of the special terms wall nabi and rasul
153
THE EMERGENCE OF THE WORLD OUT OF
388
Arrow of Obliquity
420
THE TEN MICROCOSMIC JEWELS
428
Human Correlations with
446
The Light of Gnosis
453
Microcosmic Correspondences concerning
484
The MadTnahtalisman from B The seven
499
The Epitome of Consummate Informing
505

The Flight of the Fabulous Gryphon
163
Fifth1 Ithcentury Fatimid bronze gryphon
186
A Description of the Sources
196
Manuscript sources of the K Anqd Mughrib
198
F 16 from Ms Berlin 3266 B
220
1
224
The tidepage of the first printed edition
226
The Explanation of the Purpose of This Book
237
A FATHOMLESS SEA AND A DEEPSEA DIVER
246
PART
326
A Wave Striking the Shore
346
An Eternal Conference on an Everlasting Plane
353
The Conference of the Divine Names showing
369
Scheme of hypostatic emanations of
377
VT The Pearl Following the Foregoing Jacynth
527
Translators Epilogue
533
Some Lines of cryptography from Q_
561
AlHijazfs commentary on the Anqd Mughrib H
565
Some notes on the cryptic script and Madlnah
574
A Line of cryptography from E giving the name of Jesus
577
F 47 from B
583
Selected texts relating to the Seal of Sainthood etc
589
Glossary of problematic technical terms used in
616
Bibliography
625
Index of Quranic verses quotedalluded to
647
General Index of names tides and groups
659
Index of technical terms and subjects
688
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Gerald T. Elmore, Ph.D. (1995) in Arabic-Islamic Studies, Yale University, is a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale, where he is engaged in an in-depth study of the works and teachings of Ibn al- Arab . His articles have appeared regularly in academic journals since 1996.

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