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Ibn Ajiba - Two Treatises on the Oneness of Existence , by: John

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Paperback - 96 pages            

Compiled by Jean-Louis Michon

Translated by: John   

Preface by: Claude Addas

Foreward by: Hamza Yusuf

This book is presented in the original Arabic together with an English translation on the facing pages, being useful to the student.

Ibn 'Ajiba, May Allah be pleased with him, (1747-1809) was a Moroccan Sufi of the Darqawi school who studied in Fez and lived all his life in and around Tetuan. Although still relatively unknown in the English-speaking world, his writings are important for an understanding of Maghribi Sufism.  

In this bi-lingual edition, with a Preface by Claude Addas and a Foreword by Hamza Yusuf, Jean-Louis Michon presents two short metaphysical treatises by Ibn 'Ajiba which shed new light on the history of Sufism and show its vitality as a living tradition in eighteenth-century Morocco.     

The key idea underlying both treatises, the Oneness of Existence, reveals the enduring influence of Muhiy 'ud-Din Ibn 'Arabi, ‘Shaykh al- Akbar’ May Allah sanctify his secret, more than five centuries after his death. Students of the history of Islam in North Africa, and those interested in the Sufi tradition will welcome the publication of these treatises and the useful presentation of both Arabic text and English translation on facing pages.

Jean-Louis Michon was born in Nancy, France. He has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Sorbonne. From 1972 to 1980 he was in charge of the UNESCO programme for the preservation of traditional arts and crafts in Morocco, and the establishment of the General Survey of its Cultural Property, including monuments and sites. His publications include The Autobiography of a Moroccan Sufi: Ahmad Ibn ‘Ajiba; The Moroccan Sufi Ahmad Ibn ‘Ajiba and his Mi’raj, a glossary of the technical terms of Islamic Mysticism and numerous articles on Islam, its handicrafts, art and architecture.

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