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BN ‘ARABI: HEIR TO THE PROPHETS ( William C. Chittick Muhyi al-Din Ibn ‘Arabi (1165-1240) was an outstanding Spanish-born mystic and one of the most prolific writers in Islamic history. He made major contributions to the fields of Qur’an commentary, jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, cosmology, and spiritual psychology, and he was also a great poet of love. Few authors can match W. C. Chittick’s knowledge and understanding of Ibn ‘Arabi. In this short volume, which is an excellent addition to the secondary literature on Ibn ‘Arabi, he makes available Ibn `4rabi’s complex worldview in a relatively short format. Accessible yet authoritative, the book introduces his thought to readers who have not been exposed to it and provides a refresher course for those who have. The first two chapters deal with the relation between Ibn `Arabi’s teachings and his self-perception as Seal of the Muhammadan Saints and lover of God. Chapters three and four address the relationship between God and human beings in terms of love and remembrance. Chapters five and six discuss the nature of knowledge, its role in human becoming, and the importance of correctly apprehending the phenomenal world. Seventh and eighth chapters offer a few glimpses into the world of imagination, specifically its relation to the soul and death. The ninth and final chapter looks at the central role of divine mercy in the afterlife. It also includes a guide to further reading, and will prove an indispensable resource for readers of all backgrounds.


William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick received his education in the US. He holds a PhD in Persian language and literature from the University of Tehran. He taught comparative religion in the humanities department at Aryamehr Technical University in Tehran and, for a short period before the revolution, was assistant professor at the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy. He has served as Assistant Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica at the Columbia University for three years. He has been Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook from 1983 to 1991 where he presently holds the post of the Professor of Comparative Studies. A greatly respected scholar, he has studied Sufism in theory and practice, and has written and translated widely about its various manifestations. He has published numerous articles and books, among them, A Shi`ite Anthology; Imaginal Worlds; Faith and Practice of Islam; The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-Arabi 's Metaphysics of Imagination; The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi; The Vision of Islam, The Heart of Islamic Philosophy and Me and Rumi—The Autobiography of Shams i Tabtki; Ibn Arabi— Heir to the Prophets; The Self Disclosures of God.


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