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on 2 March 2006
The nature of Ibn Arabi's work is best understood with a very deep knowledge of Sufism and it's core principles as well as the Quran and Hadith. A familiarity with paradoxes and paradoxical solutions is also advisable. In my opinion, Austin does a really good job in attempting to explain the core ideas preceding each chapter and Ibn Arabi just blows your mind after that. Personally, this book isn't for mass consumption, the ideas presented by Ibn Arabi shatters average conceptions about how we view the nature of God and delves into how we SHOULD be underestanding God in terms of analogous arguments and sensory experience.
Enlightening, frustrating and even drawing a giggle or two, this is a must-have book for those who want to break away from illusion and swim in the ocean of Reality.
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on 28 January 2001
heavy going, incoherent, but once read a couple of times, with constant reference to the Quran and Hadith an amazing book, broadening the readers horizon and deeper knoledge of Quranic content and Islam. The translator/ Editor I felt was a tad too critical of Ibn Al Arabi' explanations, ideas and philosophy - but tried hard to explain each chapter in the introduction. Best read firstly without reference to the editors introduction to the various chapters - all relating the 'wisdom' according to a particular prophet, ie. Jesus. Extensive quotes all gathered from Quran and 'sahih' Hadith and footnoted. A very profound book.
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on 24 January 1999
One of the greatest saints to bless this earth, the emminent Ibn' Al Arabi, peace be with him, delves into the innermost realm of the human soul. Divulging divine secrets through the lives of the Prophets (Peace be upon all of them), eternal wisdoms are sure to expand your heart.
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on 26 October 2014
Could not make heads or tails at one point the translator stated that he doesn't know what ibn Al Arabi wanted to say. This kind of book cannot be translated merely on language skills but one has to have in depth spiritual vision.
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on 16 November 2010
masterpieces from a master, anyone following a spiritual path on reality way will find great openings in this knowledge to support and understand their own experiences inshallah.
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on 3 July 2014
Great
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