n Journal for Islamic Studies - Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn 'Arab?, Gender, and Sexuality, Sa'diyya Shaikh : book review




A pre-modern thinker and polymath of great stature, Ibn 'Arab? (A.H. 560-638/A.D. 1165-1240) or, as his full title and name has come down to us, Shaykh al-Akbar Muḥy? al-D?n Muḥammadibn 'Aliibn al-'Arab? was born in Murcia in Andalusia. In search of knowledge and spiritual benefits, he made his way through the Iberian peninsula, North Africa and the Middle East, including the holy city of Mecca, finally settling in Damascus where he died. The legacy of Ibn 'Arab? is profound and according to William C. Chittick, the leading interpreter of Ibn 'Arab? in the West, "no one has exercised deeper and more pervasive influence over the intellectual life of the [Islamic world] during the past seven hundred years".


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