Thursday, 7 August 2008

Speaking of Ibn 'Arabi

Speaking of Ibn 'Arabi and about the biography by Stephen Hirtenstein yesterday I thought I would continue to say more about the great Shaykh and include a few links and other books about his work. I have just added a new page in the Sufi Book Store which contains forty-two works by and about Ibn 'Arabi. Many of these translations and commentaries are written by academics who are also 'insiders'. In other words they don't just study him academically but are also striving to follow the path and put Ibn 'Arabi's words into action so they become a reality in their lives and not just words on paper. I have certainly noticed a difference between reading the work of those whose interest is purely academic and those scholars who are also practitioners of what they study. Not only is their scholarship excellent but it is as if they allow the baraka (blessings) to flow through and on to the page. If you read with an open heart and don't worry too much if you don't understand everything then there is certainly an effect on the reader that I believe is similar to listening to the music of a sama' (spiritual concert).

If you go to the Ibn 'Arabi Society website you will find a list of numerous articles and translations here on their index page.

They also have a podcast page where you can listen to papers given at their regular symposiums in the US and the UK.

Here, on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, is a very good and thorough entry about Ibn 'Arabi.

Below are a few of the books you can find at the Sufi Book Store

And this is only a small selection of the feast available. Explore the links and set forth on a journey of discovery.

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Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the Sufi Book and Music Blog. Step in and look around the many sections here that all relate to an aspect of Sufism. There are also DVD's of music from master musicians. If you know of any books that are not here then you are welcome to write and let me know so I can add them. The idea of this site is to bring together in one place as many books on the subject of Sufism as possible so that it is easier for you to discover what is available without doing long searches. So take your time and browse as you would in any library or book store. As I speak of the books available in the store so it is also an opportunity to look at different aspects of the Sufi path and the many friends who have trodden this path in the past and in the present day.