see Sufism, Jilani
Pioneer Translations of Sheikh al-Akbar's Futuhat al-Makkiya Available Again
The Meccan Revelations: Selected texts from the Al-Futuhat al-Makkiya Volume
1 by M. Ibn Arabi, edited by Michel Chodkiewicz, new introduction by James
W. Morris, English translations by William Chittick and James W. Morris (Pir
Any work on the Al-Futuhat al-Makkiya in English is provisional and exploratory and it will require several generations of scholars and some further development in philosophical hermeneutics before anything like a coordinated complete translation could yet be attempted. The importance of this work, and its future volume two, is that it inaugurated the first systematic exploration in the West of this profound theosophical encyclopedia. As a result, the years since the first appearance of these translations have seen an ongoing worldwide transformation--in the Islamic world at least as much as in Western academic and spiritual circles-in the understanding and appreciation of the nature and wider significance of Ibn 'Arabi's writings. When ibn 'Arabi's thought is more fully explored and more widely known its unique contribution to a future global religious plurality and harmony may become apparent. Ibn 'Arabi proposes unique formulations of divine reality which when understood in depth may radically transform world theological discourse, not only in Islam but also in liberal and conservative Christian and Jewish hermeneutics.