This is a concise introduction to the life and thought of Ibn 'Arabi, who is considered as the 'Greatest of Sufi Masters'. Written by the author of a best-selling biography of Ibn 'Arabi, 'Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return' traces the major events of Ibn 'Arabi's life: his conversion to Sufism; his travels around Andalusia and the Maghreb; his meetings with the saints of his time; his journey to Mecca; his travels in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Syria; his most important books. The events of Ibn 'Arabi's 'inner voyage', however, are far more spectacular than those of his outer life and are here presented directly from the many auto-biographical sections found in his writings. Through her detailed analysis of Ibn Arabi's works and her profound understanding of his ideas, Claude Addas gives us a comprehensive insight into the major doctrines of this most influential of Sufi masters: the doctrine of prophethood and sainthood, of inheritance from the prophets, of the 'imaginal world', of the 'unicity of Being', of the 'Seal of the Saints', and many others.Addas also introduces the main disciples of Ibn 'Arabi down to the nineteenth century and traces both his unequalled influence on the course of Sufism and the controversies that still surround him till today.
'Ibn 'Arabi: The Voyage of No Return' is essential reading for anyone interested in Islamic mysticism and is a genuine contribution to scholarship in this field.
Claude Addas is a scholar of Ibn 'Arabi and the author of 'Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn Arabi', published by the Islamic Texts Society, 1993.
Should Ibn 'Arabi Be Burned?: An Ever-renewed Trial; The Prince's Prayer: A Dazzling Metamorphosis; "Flee towards God": In the Footsteps of the Prophet; The Disciple of Jesus; The Masters of the Way: The Heroism of the Andalusian Sufis; The 'Way of Blame' and Absolute Servitude; The Tribe of Saints; The Seal; "When what has never been disappears...": The 'Imaginal world', Land of Contemplation; The Supreme Vision; "The distance of two bows, or closer": The 'Nocturnal Voyage'; Farewell to the West; The Meccan Illuminations: "Here I am, Lord, all Yours"; "God is, and nothing is with Him": The Unicity of Being; The 'Eternal Exemplars' and Divine Knowledge; "He does not cease being and you do not cease not being"; "Wherever you turn, there is the face of God": The Assembly of Divine Names; "The heart of My believing servant contains Me"; "My Mercy embraces all things"; The Two Horizons: Wanderings; The Heirs of the Master; "Benefit from my existence": The Letter and the Law; Opinions of Ibn 'Arabi; Chronology; Bibliography.