Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXTS AND TEACHINGS OF IBN ‘ARABI USED FOR STUDY BY THE BESHARA SCHOOL

Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society - Isobel Jeffery-Street

Isobel Jeffery-Street [+-]
Independent Scholar
Isobel Jeffery-Street studied for a BA Honours degree in Theological Studies and a doctorate in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. She has tutored in Islamic Studies for the ­University’s distance learning course as well as being co-ordinator of the Exeter Inter-Faith Group.

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This chapter provides summaries of the principal texts and teachings of the works of Ibn ‘Arabi used for study by the Beshara School. The first part of the chapter discusses themes drawn from The Twenty-Nine Pages and the Wisdom of the Prophets, both of which illustrate Ibn ‘Arabi’s key mystical and metaphysical ideas extracted from his most important and inuential works: the Bezels of Wisdom (Fusûs al-Hikam) and the Meccan Revelations (al-Futûhât al-Makkiyyah). Also included in this section are some comments and discussions related to these principle themes extracted from William Chittick’s recent book Ibn ‘Arabi: Heir to the Prophets. Although Chittick’s works are not central to the study of Ibn ‘Arabi by the Beshara School, the extracts were chosen because they offer a concise and comprehensive rendering of Ibn ‘Arabi’s central teachings, and were added since the completion of the original doctoral thesis in 2003. The intention in doing this is to provide the general reader with additional clarication of some of the complicated themes encountered. The latter part of this chapter discusses other key texts, primarily those produced by Ibn ‘Arabi’s original followers, as well as other Su ‘classics’ used for study at the school.

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Jeffery-Street, Isobel. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXTS AND TEACHINGS OF IBN ‘ARABI USED FOR STUDY BY THE BESHARA SCHOOL. Ibn 'Arabi and the Contemporary West - Beshara and the Ibn 'Arabi Society. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 89 - 127 Jan 2012. ISBN 9781845536718. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19721. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19721. Jan 2012

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