Ibn ‘Arabi and the Kubrawis
Seyyed Shahabeddin Mesbahi
The Reception of the School of Ibn ‘Arabi by Kubrawi Mystics
This unique and important work work examines the influence of the school of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi on the well-known Kubrawi masters. This path-breaking book is a study of major Kubrawi works and the manner in which the Kubrawis approached Ibn ‘Arabi’s ideas. By delving into the most important cornerstones of Ibn ‘Arabi’s worldview, such as wahdat al-wujud (unity of existence), al-insan al-kamil (Perfect Human Being) and asma wa sifat (God’s Names and Attributes), this work provides a comparative study of their reception in the thought of major Kubrawi mystics, especially that of Najm al-Din Kubra, Sa‘d al-Din Hamuyah, Aziz al-Din Nasafi, Ala al-Dawlah Simnani and Sayyid ‘Ali Hamadani.
Introduction: The School of Ibn ‘Arabi and the Kubrawis
1: Wahdat al-Wujud (“Unity of Existence”): A Comparison of the Akbarian and Kubrawi Approaches
2: ‘Ala’ ad-Dawlah Simnani and His Criticism of the Concept of Wahdat al-Wujud: The Birth of the Shuhudi Triangle
3: Wahdat al-Wujud and its Affinities with the Concept of al-Insan al-Kamil (“the Perfect Human Being”): A Kubrawi/Akbarian Approach