The Chapters of Mary and Taha
Michael Fitzgerald, Mohamed Fouad Aresmouk (translation)
Paperback, 240 pages
From the al-Bahr al-Madid of Ahmad ibn Ajiba
Ibn ‘Ajiba’s commentaries on these two sūrahs give readers access not only to the traditional Islamic view of these prophetic figures, but also on metaphors and symbols to be found in their stories that can be of use to anyone following an inner path to God. The Chapter of Mary, in particular, give readers access to the story of Christ through the perspective of the woman who was chosen to bear him. The Immense Ocean from which this is an excerpt, is a prime example of writing from the North African sufic tradition.