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Ibn ʿArabī and Wilāya

  • Leila Chamankhah
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Part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History book series (ITLH)

Abstract

This chapter concerns with the biography, studies, journeys, and bibliography of Ibn ʿArabı̄ (d. 637 H/1240), followed by his conceptualizations of the key terms including wilāya, the seal of wilāya (khatm al-wilāya), nubuwwa (prophethood), khilāfa (vicegerency), and al-insān al-kāmil (the Perfect Man). The author intends to show how he was inspired by previous mystics and mystical traditions which were available in his time, what he added to the existing traditions, and what he left as his legacy for future generations. Focusing on several of his texts, such as Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam, ʿAnqāʾ Mughrib, Risālat al-Anwār, and Tajalı̄yāt ul-Ilāhı̄ya, we learned that although wilāya was a well-established concept in the deepest soil of Islamic mysticism, but it was Ibn ʿArabı̄ who promoted it to a creative construction at the heart of his theory on waḥdat-i wujūd.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leila Chamankhah
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  1. 1.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

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