Sufism

Ibn ‘Arabi and Kubrawis: The Reception of the School of Ibn ‘Arabi by Kubrawi Mystics

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This unique and important work work examines the influence of the school of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi on the well-known Kubrawi masters. This path-breaking book is a study of major Kubrawi works and the manner in which the Kubrawis approached Ibn ‘Arabi’s ideas. By delving into the most important cornerstones of Ibn ‘Arabi’s worldview, such as wahdat al-wujud (unity of existence), al-insan al-kamil (Perfect Human Being) and asma wa sifat (God’s Names and Attributes), this work provides a comparative study of their reception in the thought of major Kubrawi mystics, especially that of Najm al-Din Kubra, Sa‘d al-Din Hamuyah, Aziz al-Din Nasafi, Ala al-Dawlah Simnani and Sayyid ‘Ali Hamadani.

“Dr. Mesbahi is to be congratulated for providing a highly scholarly and accessible work on an important subject to which not enough attention has been paid until now…Scholars of Sufism should be grateful to the author for elucidating in a masterly fashion the link between the teachings of the Andalusian sage and the Kubrawiyyah Order…” – Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University

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This unique and important work examines the influence of the school of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi on the well-known Kubrawi masters. This path-breaking book is a study of major Kubrawi works and the manner in which the Kubrawis approached Ibn ‘Arabi’s ideas. By delving into the most important cornerstones of Ibn ‘Arabi’s worldview, such as wahdat al-wujud (unity of existence), al-insan al-kamil (Perfect Human Being) and asma wa sifat (God’s Names and Attributes), this work provides a comparative study of their reception in the thought of major Kubrawi mystics, especially that of Najm al-Din Kubra, Sa‘d al-Din Hamuyah, Aziz al-Din Nasafi, Ala al-Dawlah Simnani and Sayyid ‘Ali Hamadani.

Seyyed Shahabeddin Mesbahi holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Mesbahi has written and lectured widely on Islamic mysticism. He was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Reviews

“Dr. Mesbahi is to be congratulated for providing a highly scholarly and accessible work on an important subject to which not enough attention has been paid until now...Scholars of Sufism should be grateful to the author for elucidating in a masterly fashion the link between the teachings of the Andalusian sage and the Kubrawiyyah Order...”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
“...This is an important resource for anyone interested in the history of Sufi metaphysics.”
Carl W. Ernst, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“...Shahabeddin Mesbahi's book, examining the principal Kubrawi texts, constitutes therefore a pioneering effort, a major contribution to the knowledge of this Sufi tradition. At the same time, he traces meticulously the acceptance and transmission of Ibn 'Arabi's key concepts by the Kubrawis. It is therefore doubly deserving of serious attention by all scholars of Sufism.”
Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus of Persian and Islamic Studies, University of California at Berkeley
“This is the first book specifically focused on the influence of Ibn ‘Arabi’s worldview and his school on the well-known Kubrawiyyah Sufi masters...this study provides a new paradigm in the study of some of the most crucial concepts in Islamic mystical tradition.”
Mohammad H. Faghfoory, Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Religion, George Washington University