Makers of the Muslim World: Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets
By: Chittick, William C. Share
Renowned expert William Chittick covers the life and works of this legendary Sufi writer.
The importance of Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-Arabi (1165-1240) for Islamic mysticism lies in the fact that he was a speculative thinker of the highest order, albeit diffuse and difficult to understand. His central doctrine is the unity of all existence. In this text, William Chittick explores how, through the work of Ibn Al-Arabi, Sufism moves away from anguished and ascetic searchings of the heart and conscience and becomes a matter of speculative philsophy and theosophy.
THIS SERIES is devoted to the men and women throughout history who have made a significant contribution to the political, intellectual and religious landscape of the Muslim world. Each title combines first-rate scholarship with a strong emphasis on readability, and will serve as a perfect introduction for lay readers and academics alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR William C. Chittick is a renowned expert in Islam and is Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is author of /Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul/ (Oneworld). REVIEWS 'Full of quotes of Ibn al-Arabi, makes interesting reading' - Islam and Christianity