ReviewsHany Ibrahim’s Love in the Teachings of Ibn ‘Arabī adds a great degree of depth to our understanding of Ibn ‘Arabī’s unique doctrine of love, effectively demonstrating his indebtedness to and departures from treatments of the topic by some of the foremost representatives of the Islamic mystical tradition. This excellent book is highly recommended to all those interested in love, loverhood, and the connection between them.
Mohammed Rustom, author of Inrushes of the Heart: The Sufi Philosophy of ʿAyn al-Quḍāt
This erudite work presents a comprehensive overview of Ibn ‘Arabi’s doctrine of love, drawing on a range of difficult primary texts and relevant secondary scholarship. As the first monograph of its kind in English, marked by what can only be described as an inner sensitivity to the subject matter––the dhawq of the Sufis––it will help set the stage for future research in the field.
Atif Khalil, author of Repentance and the Return to God: Tawba in Early Sufism
Accessible and profound, erudite and eloquent, Love in the Teachings of Ibn ‘Arabī provides an excellent introduction to one of the central themes of the works of the figure known as the Shaykh al-Akbar (the Greatest Master): love. Helpfully situating Ibn al-‘Arabī’s writings on love within their historical and intellectual contexts, as well as the context of his broader metaphysics and cosmology, Ibrahim’s book will find a welcome audience among both scholars and lay readers.
Oludamini Ogunnaike, author of Deep Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in Sufism and Ifa, Two West African Intellectual Traditions
Dr. Hany Ibrahim is uniquely qualified to guide the reader into the world of Ibn al-ʿArabī, where we discover the source of creation, the physics of the cosmos, and the driving force of humanity to be love. Situating Ibn al-ʿArabī in his Islamic foundations, this book takes us through the rich background from which springs Ibn al-ʿArabī powerful, and encouraging, demonstration of the importance of love, which is the way we learn who we are – and who our Lord is.
Eric Winkel, director of The Futūḥāt Project