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Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation: The Adornment of the Spiriutally Transformed (Hilyat al-Abdal) - Mystical Treatises of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Paperback)
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Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation: The Adornment of the Spiriutally Transformed (Hilyat al-Abdal) - Mystical Treatises of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (Paperback)

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Paperback 74 Pages / Published: 01/12/2008
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Text in English & Arabic. This is the first English translation of Ibn 'Arabi's Hilyat al-abdal, a short work which he wrote in the space of an hour during his Meccan period as something that would be "of assistance for those on the Path to true happiness". Beginning with an anecdote concerning one of his Andalusian companions, Ibn 'Arabi proceeds to explain the exterior qualities of the spiritually transformed (abdal). He particularly focuses on the four essential prerequisites of spiritual discipline: silence, seclusion, hunger and vigilance, describing how these appear among both aspirants and the spiritually realised. One of the most popular of his short works, the Hilyat al-abdal was much copied, and this book includes the first critical edition of the text based on the best manuscripts, including one written in Malatya during the author's lifetime. In addition, it provides a substantial introduction on the abdal saints, and a translation of Chapter 53 from the Futuhat al-makkiyya, which deals with the same subject-matter. Published in association with the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society.

Publisher: Anqa Publishing
ISBN: 9781905937042
Number of pages: 74
Weight: 126 g
Dimensions: 145 x 210 x 6 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The greatest mystical genius of the Arabs" --A. J. Arberry, author, "Sufism"
"[Ibn 'Arabi] profoundly influenced all subsequent Sufi teaching and thus stands as the most important link between the Sufis who went before him and those who came after him." Ralph Austin, translator, "Sufis of Andalusia""
"The greatest mystical genius of the Arabs" A. J. Arberry, author, "Sufism""
"One of Ibn 'Arabi's most accessible and widely studied works, the "Hilyat al-abdal," highlights the practical foundation of spiritual discipline underlying all of his metaphysical and theological writings." Professor James Winston Morris, Boston College"

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