Muḥyī al-Dīn ibn al-‘Arabī is one of the most influential Muslim thinkers of the past 700 years. Born in Murcia in present-day Spain in 1165, he set out for the western lands of Islam in 1200, traveled in the Arab countries and Turkey, and, in 1223, settled in Damascus, where he lived until his death in 1240. He wrote voluminously and attracted the attention of scholars and kings during his own lifetime. His magnum opus, al-Futūḥāt al-makkiyya (The Meccan Openings) – inspired sciences that were “opened” up to his soul during his pilgrimage to Mecca – will fill some 15,000 pages in its new edition. His most widely studied work, Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam (The Bezels of Wisdom), is a short explication of the various modalities of wisdom embodied by 28 of God’s prophets, from Adam to Muhammad.
Ibn al-‘Arabī’s writings investigate every dimension of Islamic learning, from the Qur’ān and the Ḥadīth(the sayings of Muḥammad) to grammar, law, philosophy, psychology, and metaphysics. His basic...
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