The Meccan Revelations, Volume 1

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Pir Press, Aug 1, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 pages
Perhaps no mystic in the history of the world has delved as deeply into the inner knowledge that informs our being as did Ibn 'Arabi. He was born into the cultural and religious crucible of Andalusian Spain in 1165, a place and time in which Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars learned from each other and from the Greek classics that were then being translated and circulated. Drawing from the most advanced philosophical and metaphysical thinking of his time and from his extensive knowledge of the religion of Islam, Ibn 'Arabi created an extraordinary mystical theology that essentially sprang from his own spiritual realization. Because of the advanced nature of his teachings he has been known for 800 years as the Sheikh al-Akbar, or the Greatest Master.Ibn 'Arabi was the author of more than 350 books, but his foremost is generally thought to be The Meccan Revelations, a massive work of 560 chapters. Because of the subtlety of his language and the complexity of his thought, access to Ibn 'Arabi has always been difficult and translation daunting. Previously only short extracts were available in English. This volume, the first of two, contains 22 key chapters of this Sufi summa mystica, on such issues as Ibn 'Arabi's doctrine of the Divine Names, the nature of spiritual experience, the end of time, the resurrection and the stages of the path that lead to sanctity.This great book soars beyond time, culture and any particular form of religion. Describing what is fundamental to our humanity, it is astonishingly universal. Finally readers in the West have an entree into one of the most important and profound works of world literature.

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PREFACE James W Morris
The Origin of Creation chapter 6
The Perfect Man chapter 73

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About the author (2001)

(translator) Tosun Bayrak, born in Istanbul, has devoted the last forty years of his life to Sufism and is the Shaykh of the Jerrahi-Halveti Order in the USA.In addition to two books of poetry in Turkish and many articles on art and religion in both the USA and Turkey, he has published many books on Sufism.

Michel Chodkiewicz is Director of Studies at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Chittick is Professor of Comparative Studies at the State University of New York. A greatly respected scholar, he spent over 12 years in Iran before studying Sufism in theory and practice.

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