Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372
Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi (1165–1240) was one of the world’s great spiritual teachers.
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Futūḥāt Translation Project
8 September 2023
The rule of God in Nature is greater than that in the skies and the Earth, because the two are from the world of Nature, according to us. From Nature emerges every mass, body, and embodiment in the world of bodies, upper and lower.
Book 10, Chapter 72
From the middle of the seventeenth down to the end of the nineteenth century, the school of Ibn ‘Arabi had a significant presence in the Chinese language. The article includes a description of what was perhaps the most influential book on Islamic thought in the Chinese language during that period, T’ien-fang hsing-li, published in 1704.
This article sets out by drawing out the meaning of a saying that has come down from Râbi’a, a saint from the second century of Islam, and one of the most famous Sufis of history: “Everything has a fruit, and the fruit of recognition is coming forward to God. “
This is a meditation on the meaning of al-tahqiq (verification or realisation) which is central to the writing of Ibn ‘Arabi, and drawing on the writings of Sufis before Ibn ‘Arabi, such as Junayd (d. 911 AD, the “Leader of the Sufis”, sayyid al-ta’ifa), and others after him, such as Shaykh al-‘Alawi. Junayd said, “I have achieved al-tahqiq by staying in the presence of God for thirty years under these stairs”, by which he meant the stairs of his house. The paper later published in the Journal of the Society can be found here.
23 October 2023
‘Embark therein: from Noah’s ark to Adam’s fall’ is an online course that will explore the multi-layered meanings of Ibn Arabi’s teachings through a selection of passages from Ibn Arabi and Angela Jaffray’s The Secrets of Voyaging.
Dr Eric Winkel is engaged in a translation into English of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, from beginning to end. It is being published progressively by the Pir Press, and Volume 4 was published in 2022 and further volumes are expected in 2023.