Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240) has long been known as a great spiritual master. His many works of prose and poetry are beginning to be more accessible in translation in Western languages. They possess the remarkable quality of being able to speak to people of all walks of life and belief, across the apparent barrier of many centuries and differing cultures. Despite this growing interest, the prayers which are attributed to him remain little-known. They provide a most precious glimpse into the real practice of the mystical life within the Sufi tradition. This is the first time that any of Ibn 'Arabi's prayers have been published in another language. This particular collection is one of the most beautiful, having been revered in the Islamic world for centuries. There are fourteen prayers, one for each day and night of the week. They include not only the most astounding expressions of contemplation and devotion to God, but also an unparalleled depth of knowledge of Union (tawhid). As the translators show in their introduction, the very structure of the prayers is a mode of contemplation, since for Ibn 'Arabi the weekly cycle itself is sacred.
These prayers are presented with notes and appendices.
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Author Biography - Stephen Hirtenstein
Ibn 'Arabi was an eminent scholar and teacher of Islam in the Moorish culture of Andalusian Spain during the 12th century. Pablo Beneito is a professor at the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Seville. He has edited and translated three of Ibn 'Arabi's works, including "Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries." Stephen Hirtenstein is editor of the "Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society Journal." His publications include "Diving Sayings" and "The Unlimited Mercifier: The Spiritual Life" "and Thought of Ibn Arabi."