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The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn Al-'Arabi's Cosmology (Suny Series in Islam) Paperback – December 30, 1997


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  • Series: Suny Series in Islam
  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (December 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791434044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791434048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By C. King Khidr on April 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
"This is what shows you His Omnipotence, Exalted be He; that He hides himself from you by that which has no existence outside of Him" -- Ibn Ata'allah
Chittick is refining the art of translating Ibn Arabi. Unlike other medieval Arabic texts that are more or less straightforward -- hence translatable -- Ibn Arabi is an exception. The anti-systematic nature of his thought compounded by its deep interconnection with the Arabic language renders translations almost impossible.
The Great Shaikh's hermeneutics of Islamic Scripture (the Koran and Prophetic traditions) is at once mystical and linguistic. Mystical through kashf, (lit. 'unveiling,' a type of spiritual opening to knowledge), and linguistic through retracing each Divinely revealed word to its etymological root. To a reader unfamiliar with either mystical philosophy or classical Arabic, understanding Ibn Arabi can be excrutiatingly difficult. A natural response is to question the source of Ibn Arabi's radically subversive worldview.
Taking these factors into consideration, Chittick should be commended in undertaking a task so academically daunting that it prevented even an Orientalist of R.A. Nicholson's repute from publishing his own translations.
Chittick is meticulous in his translations and tries to be loyal to both the literal and implied meanings of technical Arabic words. He introduces each translated section with a brief summary to acquaint the reader what s/he is about encounter, simplifying the complexity of the passage and contexualising it within the (fluid) framework of Ibn Arabi's nondualistic ontology.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
The 40 page introduction is a good summary overview of Ibn Arabi's metaphysics. The rest of the book contains extensive translations of Ibn Arabi with explanatory commentary.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "aspiringsufi" on June 9, 1999
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A highly significant contribution to Islamic studies in the area of sufism in particular. Extensive passages from Ibn Arabi's Futuhat al-Makiyya have been translated into a European langauge for the first time by one of North America's leading Islamicists.
Highly recommended.
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