Classifications of Knowledge in Classical Islamic Mysticism: From Eastern Sufi Sources to the Writings of Muyī l-Dīn Ibn al-Arabī

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Abstract

The following article aims at analyzing various classifications of knowledge that are found in the literature of classical Islamic mysticism. The discussion focuses on two main corpora: Sufi writings, composed in the central and eastern parts of the Islamic world, and works by the Andalusī mystics or theosophists Ibn Masarra (d. 319/931), Ibn Barraǧān (d. 536/1141), Ibn Qasī (d. 546/1151), and Muyī l-Dīn Ibn al-Arabī (d. 638/1240). The article examines the discrepancies between the Eastern-Sufi and Andalusī taxonomies of knowledge, in an attempt to highlight the typological differences between these two mystical traditions of classical Sunnī Islam.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-64
Number of pages32
JournalStudia Islamica
Volume115
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Ibn al-Arabī
  • Ismāīliyya
  • Iwān al-afā
  • Neoplatonism
  • Sufism
  • al-Andalus
  • theosophy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Law

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