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THE SUFI PATH OF KNOWLEDGE

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THE SUFI PATH OF KNOWLEDGE

THE SUFI PATH OF KNOWLEDGE

Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination

THE SUFI PATH OF KNOWLEDGE Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination William C. Chittick The Sufi Path of Knowledge is a major step toward an exposition of the breadth and depth of Ibn al-`,Arabi’s vision. The book offers his view of spiritual perfection and explains his theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology. The clear language, unencumbered by methodological jargon, makes it accessible to those familiars with other spiritual traditions, while its scholarly precision will appeal to specialists. Beginning with a survey of Ibn al-`Arabi’s major teachings, the book gradually introduces the most important facets of his thought, devoting attention to definitions of his basic terminology. His teachings are illustrated with many translated passages introducing readers to fascinating byways of spiritual life that would not ordinarily be encountered in an account of a thinker’s ideas. More than six-hundred passages from his major work, Al-Fatuhat al-illakkiyah, are translated here, practically for the first time. These alone provide twice the text of the Fusas al-Hikam. The exhaustive indexes make the work an invaluable reference tool for research in Sufism and Islamic thought in general. *** “For the first time in the history of Orientalism, a thorough study of Ibn Arabi’s thought is now available. W. C. Chittick has given us a translation of numerous passages from the work of the Magister Magnus and placed them in their theological context, thus removing many misunderstandings that have prevailed both among Muslims and in the West when interpreting Ibn Arabi’s mystical worldview.” — Annemarie Schimmel

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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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