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Rethinking Ibn 'Arabi

Gregory A. Lipton

Abstract

For over a century, Euro-American scholars and esotericists alike have heralded the thirteenth-century Spanish mystic Ibn ‘Arabi (d. 1240) as the premodern Sufi theorist of inclusive religious universalism who claimed all contemporaneous religions as equally valid beyond the religio-political divide of medieval exclusivism. Rethinking Ibn ‘Arabi calls into question this Western image of Ibn ‘Arabi and throws into relief how his discourse is inseparably intertwined with the absolutist vision of his own religious milieu—that is, the triumphant claim that Islam fulfilled, superseded, and therefor ... More

Keywords: Key Words, Ibn ‘Arabi, Sufism, abrogation, religious pluralism, universalism, esotericism, Perennialism, religio perennis, Frithjof Schuon, Aryanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190684501
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190684501.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory A. Lipton, author
Berg Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow, Faculty of Religious Studies, Macalester College