The Self-Disclosure of God offers the most detailed presentation to
date in any Western language of the basic teachings of Islam's
greatest mystical philosopher and theologian. It represents a major
step forward in making available to the Western reading public the
enormous riches of Islamic teachings in the fields of cosmology,
mystical philosophy, theology, and spirituality.
The Self-Disclosure of God continues the author's investigations
of the world view of Ibn al-Arabi, the greatest theoretician of
Sufism and the 'seal of the Muhammadan saints". The book is divided
into three parts, dealing with the relation between God and the
cosmos, the structure of the cosmos, and the nature of the human
soul. A long introduction orients the reader and discusses a few of
the difficulties faced by Ibn al-'Arabi's interpreters. Like
Chittick's earlier work, The Sufi Path of Knowledge, this book is
based primarily on Ibn al-Arabi's monumental work, al-Futuhat
al-makkiyya "The Meccan Openings". More than one hundred complete
chapters and subsections are translated, not to mention shorter
passages that help put the longer discussions in context. There are
detailed indices of sources, Koranic verses and hadiths. The book's
index of technical terminology will be an indispensable reference
for all those wishing to delve more deeply into the use of language
in Islamic thought in general and Sufism in particular.
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