The Self-Disclosure of God

The Self-Disclosure of God : Principles of Ibn al-'Arabi's Cosmology

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The Self-Disclosure of God continues the author's investigations of the world view of Ibn al-'Arabi, 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 work, The Sufi Path of Knowledge, this book is based primarily on Ibn al-'Arabi's monumental work, al-Futuhat al-makkiyya "The Meccan Openings." More than one hundred chapters and subsections are translated, not to mention shorter passages that help put the longer discussions in context. There are detailed indexes of sources, Koranic verses, and hadiths. The book's index of technical terminology will be an indispensable reference for all those wishing to delve more deeply into the use of language in Islamic thought in general and Sufism in particular.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 524 pages
  • 174 x 252 x 22mm | 798.32g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791434044
  • 9780791434048
  • 440,172

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..".this book ... will serve as the basis for future study on Ibn al-Arabi ... The translation is so faithful to the original Arabic that it almost corresponds with the original word for word." -- Wiener Zeitschrift Fur die Kunde des Morgenlandes "Chittick has refined his way of translating Ibn al-Arabi's terminology to a high degree of perfection." -- Gerhard Böwering, Yale University "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." -- R. Kevin Lacey, State University of New York, Binghamton
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About William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick is Professor of Comparative Studies at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He has published numerous books, among them, Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al-Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity; Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth-Century Sufi Texts; The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination; The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi; and A Shi'ite Anthology, all published by SUNY Press.
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