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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Fons Vitae (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887752056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887752053
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ibn 'Arabi, a 12th-century Spanish mystic, was considered by many to be the greatest master of Sufism.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on June 1, 2005
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I bought this book for the 20 page section entitled The One Alone, which is very nondual. I also read the 18 page Translator's Introduction, which tells about the life of Ibn 'Arabi. These two sections alone make the book an important addition to a library of nonduality books. The bulk of the volume, a book of wisdom on governing oneself, I have only so far scanned and therefore have not included any other mention of it in this review.

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi lived from 1165 to 1240. He "has become one of the most important expounders of Sufi wisdom." "Ibn 'Arabi all his life felt the pain of not being understood. Yet the breadth and depth of his wisdom, insight, vision, and knowledge was and is awesome to whomever catches a glimpse of it. Many of his expressions of divine mysteries have never been improved upon. Many important affairs, which he foretold centuries ago, have taken place and continue to take place."

This introduction is brief, a distillate of the life of Ibn 'Arabi. It covers his life from birth to death, describes his physical appearance, reveals extreme controversy surrounding Ibn 'Arabi, demonstrates his wisdom, tells about a meeting with an adolescent Rumi, and more. Throughout this distillate is communicated the author/translator's love and understanding of Ibn 'Arabi, the person and his works; clearly, it must be the case, otherwise how could Ibn 'Arabi's words set forth in this book cut so cleanly?

The One Alone is a work of pure nonduality. To demonstrate that, here are a few quotations, a few fragments which do not do justice to this entire work:

"Therefore, if you know yourself without being, not trying to become nothing, you will know your Lord.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Simply Lovely on February 29, 2000
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May Allah Grant Him Peace. This book gives all of insight to the "power" that leaders in an Islamic society have. He goes over the rights, regulations, rules, limits and most importantly, desieses of the heart from many rulers, not only confined to the Islamic world, but all "rulers" in general.
He quotes only from the Quran and Sunnah, and gives his blessed insight to devine rule, based on Fiqh, and Shariah.
A wonderful text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luis Padua on June 22, 2010
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I'm confident that contemporary civilization will be inspired by Sufism and authors such as Ibn Al Arabi to take the next step towards a new society and a new world. In the same way that Europe learned from old Greece and Rome, inventing the Renaissance and the "modern" age, today's world may be learning from mystics of Orient, especially sufi mysticism from Andalucia (XII century or so), to unleash a new spiritual, yet tolerant, age. This book is about how really should the world be governed. For, finally, it is not the human beings who are truly governing. However, we have been granted from the divine a special capacity to order the species around us, and we can't renounce to such a noble task. The "master of masters", as Al Arabi was called, wrote such a powerful statement about 'true governance", that I can only hope it will inspire from now on those men who really want to make a better world.
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