Imaginal Worlds: Ibn Al-'Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity
By: Chittick, William C.
Pub. Date: 01/95
Publisher: SUNY
Binding: Trade Paper, 208pp.
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Ibn al'Arabi, known as the "Greatest Master," is the most influential Muslim thinker of the past 600 years. This book is an introduction to his thought concerning the ultimate destiny of human beings, God and the cosmos, and the reasons for religious diversity. It summarizes many of Ibn al'Arabi's teachings in a simple manner. The ideas discussed are explained in detail.

Introduces the thought of al-Arabi (A.D. 1165-1240), perhaps the most influential Islamic writer, on the ultimate destiny of humans, God, and everything, and the reasons for religious diversity. Explains his concept of human perfection, the implications of the World of Imagination, and why God's wisdom demands diversity. Also suggests how al-Arabi's teachings can be used in the modern study of world religions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

 Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Human Perfection
1 Oneness of Being 15
2 Microcosm, Macrocosm, and Perfect Man 31
3 Ethics and Antinomianism 39
4 Self-Knowledge and the Original Human Disposition 51
Pt. II Worlds of Imagination
5 Revelation and Poetic Imagery 67
6 Meetings with Imaginal Men 83
7 Death and the Afterlife 97
Pt. III Religious Diversity
8 A Myth of Origins 123
9 Diversity of Belief 137
10 The Divine Roots of Religion 161
Notes 177
Bibliography 187
Index of Sources 191
Index of Koranic Verses 195
Index of Hadiths and Sayings 199
Index of Names and Terms 201



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