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
Muḥammad b Ali Ibn alArabī
21
The End of an Age
49
The Kitāb Anqā Mughrib
76
Sīmurgh King of the birds frontispiece
115
Range of the special terms walī nabī and rasūl
153
The Flight of the Fabulous Gryphon
163
Fifth11thcentury Fāțimid bronze gryphon
186
Scheme of hypostatic emanations of
376
THE EMERGENCE OF THE WORLD OUT OF
388
THE TEN MICROCOSMIC JEWELS
428
Microcosmic Correspondences concerning
484
The Madīnahtalisman from B The seven
499
The Epitome of Consummate Informing
505
The Pearl Following the Foregoing Jacynth
527
Translators Epilogue
533

A Description of the Sources
196
Manuscript sources of the K Anqā Mughrib
198
The Vessel Sealed on the Secret Unrevealed
215
F 16 from Ms Berlin 3266 B
220
The titlepage 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
Some Lines of cryptography from Q
561
AlHijāzīs commentary on the Angā Mughrib H
565
A Line of cryptography from E giving the name of Jesus
577
F 47 from B
583
Some notes on the cryptic script and Madīnah
584
Glossary of problematic technical terms used in
616
Bibliography
625
Index of Qurānic verses quotedalluded to
647
General Index of names titles and groups
659
Index of technical terms and subjects
688
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About the author (1999)

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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