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Ibn Arabi (Makers of the Muslim World) [Hardcover]

by William Chittick
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September 21, 2005 1851683879 978-1851683871
Renowned expert William Chittick covers the life and works of this legendary Sufi writer.

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"Full of quotes of Ibn al-Arabi, makes interesting reading" Islam and Christianity

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).

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  • Series: Makers of the Muslim World
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld (September 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851683879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851683871
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Book on Ibn 'Arabi by Chittick April 11, 2007
William Chittick has just written what I believe will soon be regarded as the best book on Ibn 'Arabi that has yet been published in English. This is quite a feat, given the numbers of books that have been written about Ibn 'Arabi, especially in recent years. Having studied Ibn 'Arabi for the last 30 years, Chittick boils down Ibn 'Arabi's viewpoint in this new book, titled, *Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets.*

Written in a clear crisp style that will appeal to the interested public, aspiring Sufis, and scholars alike, *Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets* is a small 150 page book that can act as an introduction to Chittick's more weightier tomes on "al-Shaykh al-akbar" (the greatest shaykh).

After a few pages giving a synopsis of Ibn 'Arabi's life, Prof. Chittick divides his book into nine chapters: The Muhammadan Inheritance (dealing with topics such as reading the Qur'an, understanding God, and knowing he self); the Lover of God; the Divine Roots of Love; the Cosmology of Remembrance; Knowledge and Realization; Time, Space, and the Objectivity of Ethical Norms; the In-Between (dealing with the soul); the Disclosure of the Intervening Image (regarding self-awarenes, death, and love); and the Hermeneutics of Mercy (focusing on topics such as the inherent mercy in "being," diversity, and surrender).

This year, if you are going to buy one book on Sufism either as a gift for yourself or a friend, *Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets* (Oneworld Press) should be that book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ibn Arabi (Makers of the Muslim World) April 14, 2014
By Irina
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An excellent exposee of Ibn Arabi's life and fundamental ideas, like all Chittick's works. I would recommend it to all who is interested in Sufi metaphysics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction June 27, 2013
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An excellent introduction that is easier to read than Chittick's other books.There are many out there that without ibn Arabi's "mercifying" presentation of Islam, would find the religion next to incomprehensible. Ibn Arabi brings everything back to Mercy,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some observations on Arabi and Pope June 20, 2008
There have been a number of books on Mr. Ibn ul-Arabi by western scholars, all seemingly mesmerized by his intelligence and writing. However, as it is the often the case with books of this nature, "scholars" seem to filter many unwanted aspect of their subject either through personal bias, a particular agenda they might want to pursue, or just plain misrepresentation. So the best way to come to a conclusion about Ibn ul-Arabi is to just pick up his books and read them for yourself. I would like to share a few of my own personal observations regarding the great Sheikh.

1- Ibn ul-arabi is all about ibn ul-arabi; he does not seem to be promoting anything other than himself. Reading his books, and not just Futuhat, he never tires to remind his reader how great he is and how irrelevant and stupid everybody else is. His ego is so inflated that would put the dot.com market to shame.

His ego seems to reach a peak when he unilateraly promotes himself to the highest level of mystical accomplishment, becoming the "Seal of the saints". He declares himself to be above all other mystics. This is natural for someone of his ego, it is not good enough that he was above the "average" but he had to be far above every other Sufi as well, otherwise he would simply be remembered as just another Sufi. He states that he came to realize his greatness in a "dream" in which he is told, by himslef of course, that he was "the best of the best". From a psychology point of view, this dream is very much in line with his ego and his totally self-absrobed attitude.

2- Although he tries very hard to convince his readers that the universe is his backyard and he knows all about Cosmos, he fails to offer any tangible evidence of such superb "out of this world" intelligence.
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