The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn Al-Arabi's Cosmology
By: Chittick, William C.
Publication Date: 1997/09 
Binding: Paper
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The Self-Disclosure of God continues the author's investigations of the world view of Ibn al-'Arabi, the greatest theoretician of Sufism and the "seal of the Muhammadan saints." The book is divided into three parts, dealing with the relation between God and the cosmos, the structure of the cosmos, and the nature of the human soul. A long introduction orients the reader and discusses a few of the difficulties faced by Ibn al-'Arabi's interpreters. Like Chittick's earlier work, The Sufi Path of Knowledge, this book is based primarily on Ibn al-'Arabi's monumental work, al-Futuhat al-makkiyya "The Meccan Openings." More than one hundred chapters and subsections are translated, not to mention shorter passages that help put the longer discussions in context. There are detailed indexes of sources, Koranic verses, and hadiths. The book's index of technical terminology will be an indispensable reference for all those wishing to delve more deeply into the use of language in Islamic thought in general and Sufism in particular.

Chittick (comparative studies, State U. of New York-Stony Brook) continues his investigation into the Sufi theoretician al-Arabi (AD 1165-1240), again drawing heavily from the monumental from which he translates over 100 chapters and subsections as well as shorter passages. He deals with the relation between God and the cosmos, the structure of the cosmos, and the nature of the human soul. He includes indexes of sources, Koranic verses, hadiths, and technical terminology relevant both the Sufism and to Islam as a whole. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

 Table of Contents

I God and the Cosmos
1 Wujud and the Entities 3
2 Perpetual Self-Disclosure 47
3 The Face of God 91
4 Veils of Light 120
II The Order of the Worlds
5 The Roots of Orders 167
6 Divine and Cosmic Relations 201
7 The Worlds of the Cosmos 241
III The Structure of the Microcosm
8 Spirits and Bodies 269
9 The Natural Constitution 303
10 The Imaginal Barzakh 331
App. I Ibn al-'Arabi's Views on Certain Sufis 371
App. II Translation of Technical Terms 387
Notes 389
Bibliography 409
Index of Sources 413
Index of Koranic Verses 421
Index of Hadiths and Sayings 433
Index of Proper Names 443
Index of Arabic Words 447
Index of Terms 455

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