Ibn ‘Arabi and the Contemporary West: Beshara and the Ibn by Isobel Jeffery-Street

By Isobel Jeffery-Street

The effect of Ibn 'Arabi, the twelfth century Andalusian mystic thinker prolonged past the Muslim global from Spain, to China, to Indonesia. curiosity in Ibn 'Arabi within the west has grown over the past century. Ibn Arabi and the modern West examines 'Arabi's teachings throughout the paintings of the Beshara belief and the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society. The examine investigates how the Beshara college has used Ibn 'Arabi's teachings in supporting a variety of scholars from all over the world in the direction of own, non secular improvement and the way the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society has developed into a world enterprise with expanding effect in either the West and the Muslim international.

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Valerie J. Hoffmann, Su¿sm, Mystics, and Saints in Modern Egypt (Colombia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995), p. 27. 93. Katherine Pratt Ewing, Arguing Sainthood: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and Islam (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997). 94. , pp. 160-62. 95. , pp. 190-95. 96. I have always been susceptible to these ‘experiences’ but was diagnosed with ‘petit mal’ (minor epilepsy) recently, so perhaps this would account for them. See above pp. 22-23. 1 Introduction 31 ‘overwhelmed’ by what is dif¿cult not to describe, for example, as a ‘powerful presence’ at the shrine of a saint in Turkey.

T. Koç; Ankara, 1998), pp. 335-43. 25. At this time Feild co-ordinated the activities of the ‘Su¿ Order in the West’ in England. 26. See Introduction above.

As a result of this line of inÀuence, this master of Ibn ‘Arabi’s school of thought helped to set in motion the of¿cial religious teaching in the growing Ottoman Empire. 4 At this point it is appropriate to introduce the malâmî ideals of sainthood and spiritual practice which were especially relevant to the teaching and philosophy of Ibn ‘Arabi within the Ottoman Empire. These ideals ultimately helped to shape the educational outlook of Bulent Rauf and the Beshara School. Ibn ‘Arabi on Sainthood (walâya) and the ‘Hidden Saint’ The Arabic word walî, usually translated as ‘saint’, derives from a root meaning ‘to draw near’.

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