Mysticism and philosophy in al-Andalus: Ibn Masarra, Ibn al-'Arabi and the Ismā'ili tradition

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Abstract

Muslim Spain gave rise to two unusual figures in the mystical tradition of Islam: Ibn Masarra (269/883-319/931) and Ibn al-ʿArabī (560/1165-638/1240). Representing, respectively, the beginning and the pinnacle of Islamic mysticism in al-Andalus, Ibn Masarra and Ibn al-ʿArabī embody in their writings a type of mystical discourse which is quite different from the Sufi discourse that evolved in the Islamic east during the 9th-12th centuries. In Mysticism and Philosophy in al-Andalus , Michael Ebstein points to the Ismāʿīlī tradition as one possible source which helped shape the distinct intellectual world from which both Ibn Masarra and Ibn al-ʿArabī derived. By analyzing their writings and the works of various Ismāʿīlī authors, Michael Ebstein unearths the many links that connect the thought of Ibn Masarra and Ibn al-ʿArabī to the Ismāʿīlī tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden; Boston
PublisherBrill
Number of pages276
ISBN (Electronic)9004255362, 9004255370, 9789004255364, 9789004255371
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameIslamic history and civilization
PublisherBrill
Volumevolume 103

Bibliographical note

Based on the author's PhD dissertation - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011.

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