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The Openings Revealed in Makkah

The Openings Revealed in Makkah

On June 23, Pir Press launched Volume 3 of The Openings Revealed in Makkah, Books 5 & 6 of the English translation by Eric Winkel of al-Futuhat al-Makkiyah.

Translator of Desires – Michael Sells

Translator of Desires – Michael Sells

In The Translator of Desires, Michael Sells presents the first complete English translation of the Tarjumān al-Ashwaq since the 1911 translation by R.A. Nicholson, together with the Arabic text.

Ibn al-‘Arabî – Kıtâb al-’Isrâ

Ibn al-‘Arabî – Kıtâb al-’Isrâ

A translation into French of a work by Ibn ‘Arabi about his spiritual ascension (mi‘râj), which also draws on the commentary of his companion, Ibn Sawdakîn.

Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab

Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab

We have learned of the death of Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab in Cairo on 31st January 2021. His books in Arabic brought the life and work of Ibn ‘Arabi within reach of a broad public.

From Chapter 52 of the Futūhāt

From Chapter 52 of the Futūhāt

Understanding the weakness of the human being – and lowliness, needfulness, the human being’s search for its survival, and the need for its Creator.

Sufism and the Perfect Human

Sufism and the Perfect Human

Fitzroy Morrissey’s book details how ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili expanded on this key subject in Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.

Michel Chodkiewicz – A Legacy

Michel Chodkiewicz – A Legacy

Michel Chodkiewicz contributed immensely to the knowledge of Ibn Arabi in our time. We publish here the opening of Denis Gril’s obituary from Volume 67 of the Society Journal.

Discovering Compassion

Discovering Compassion

James Morris puts in context a quotation from Ibn ‘Arabi on discovering and deepening Compassion.

The Horizons of Being

The Horizons of Being

The Metaphysics of Ibn al-ʿArabī in the Muqaddimat al-Qayṣarī, edited by Mukhtar H. Ali, has been published by Brill in Hardback and E-Book editions on 18 June 2020.

Critical Edition of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Diwān

Cover of Volume 1 of Ibn 'Arabi's DiwanDiwān Ibn al-ʿArabī : al-maʿārif al-ilāhiyya wa-l-laṭāʾif al-rūḥāniyya, Critical edition of the text, edited by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Sulṭān al-Manṣūb, published by Ninawa, Damascus, Syria; in five hardback volumes (2676 pages), 2021.

A critical edition of the Diwān of Ibn ‘Arabi, his own collection of his poetry, edited by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Sulṭān al-Manṣūb, has been announced by Ninawa publishing house in Damascus. It is in five volumes, a total of 2,676 pages.

This is wonderfully good news for two reasons. First, till now, available versions of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Diwān have been reproductions of  one of the earliest works by him to appear in print (1855), containing just a fraction of the total work, something that only began to become clear to modern scholars in the past 30 years.

Second, the critical edition of the text has been accomplished by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Sulṭān al-Manṣūb, who already provided for the world the first critical edition of al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, originally published in the Yemen in 2010 (12 volumes). This immense contribution was followed by critical editions of K. al-ʿAbādila, K. al-Tajalliyāt and Tāj al-Rasāʾil along with 19 shorter works (published by al-Qudus, Cairo, 2018).

The Dīwān contains 31,000 couplets of poetry, and perhaps 4,000 lines of text.

In the preface to the Dīwān Ibn ‘Arabī explains:

The reason which has led me to utter (talaffuz) poetry is that I saw in a dream an angel who was bringing me a piece of white light; as if it were a piece of the sun’s light. “What is that?”, I asked. “It is sura al-shu’arā‘” (the sura of the Poets) was the reply. I swallowed it, and felt a hair (sha’ra) stretching from my chest up to my throat, and then into my mouth. It was an animal with a head, a tongue, eyes, and lips. It stretched forth until its head reached the two horizons, that of the East and that of the West. After that, it shrank back and returned to my chest; at that moment I realized that my words would reach the East and the West. When I came back to myself, I uttered verses that came forth from no reflection and no intellectual process whatsoever. Since that time, this inspiration has never ceased; and it is because of this sublime contemplation that I have collected all the poetry that I can remember. But there is much more that I have forgotten! Everything that this collection contains is thus, thanks be to God, nothing other than [the fruit of] divine projection, a holy and spiritual inspiration, a splendid, celestial heritage.
Quoted from The Ship of Stone by Claude Addas

This is the publisher’s web page for the Dīwān: https://www.ninawa.org/book_details.php?bid=607.  No price for the Dīwān is shown there yet.

We believe the publisher’s main distribution agent in Egypt is Madbouly Publishing House. The publisher is also participating in the Cairo International Book Fair 2021 (Hall 3 – A09) which runs from the 30th June to the 15th July. It might be an opportunity to obtain copies of the Dīwān directly.