Book 4 – The Openings Revealed in Makkah, Taschenbuch Series (Ibn al-‘Arabi’s al-Futuhat al-Makkiyah)
The fourth of thirty-seven books of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s magnum opus al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, translated and conveyed by Shuʿayb Dr Eric Winkel
Chapters 41 through 64 take us from the People of the Night, who converse intimately with their Lord, who descends in the third remaining part of the night to the sky of this world. We are guided through the membrane between this world and the general Resurrection, through the sisters Jahannam (hell-fire) and Jannat (garden).
‘The imaginal realm is neither a site of being nor non-existent, neither known nor unknown, neither something negated nor something affirmed. It is like what the human beings see of their image in the mirror, knowing certainly that they perceive their image in one perspective, and knowing certainly that what is perceived is not their image from another perspective.’