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THE SELF-DISCLOSURE OF GOD

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THE SELF-DISCLOSURE OF GOD

THE SELF-DISCLOSURE OF GOD

Principles of Ibn al-`Arabi’s Cosmology William C. Chittick

The Self-Disclosure of God continues the author’s investigations of the world view of Ibn aljArabi, the greatest theoretician of Sufism and the “seal of the Muhammadan saints”. The book is divided into three parts, dealing with the relation between God and the cosmos, the structure of the cosmos and the nature of the human soul. A long introduction orients the reader and discusses a few of the difficulties faced by Ibn al-`Arabi’s interpreters. Like Chittick’s earlier wprk, The Sufi Path of Knowledge, this book is based on Ibn al-`Arabi’s monumental work, Al-Futuhlit al-Makkryah “The Meccan Opening”. More than one hundred chapters and subsections are translated, not to mention shorter passages that help put the longer discussions in context. This is the type of work that many will refer to as a tour de force. Among its other accomplishments, it represents a painstaking reading, translation, and analysis of a major Muslim Arab thinker of notoriously intimidating erudition and subtlety. Best of all it is clear and comprehensible without sacrificing sophistication and precision. The Self-Disclosure of God offers the most detailed presentation to date in any Western language of the basic teachings of Islam’s greatest mystical philosopher and theologian. It represents a major step forward in making available to the Western reading public the enormous riches of Islamic teaching in the fields of cosmology, mystical philosophy, theology; and spirituality.

Author

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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