by James Morris

There are links on this page to the following articles:

Some Dreams of Ibn 'Arabî (from his Risâlat al-Mubashshirât)

Body of Light: Ibn 'Arabi's Account of His Father's Death.

Introducing Ibn 'Arabî's "Book of Spiritual Advice"

From Book of the Quintessence of What is Indispensable for the Spiritual Seeker.

From Chapter 63 of the Futūhāt: Spiritual Imagination and the "Liminal" World

From Chapter 367 of the Futūhāt: The Spiritual Ascension

From Chapter 366 of the Futūhāt, on "The Mahdi and His Helpers"

Commentary on issues raised in Chapter 366 of the Futūhāt

These articles are in Adobe Acrobat files which are quite large and take some time to download.

This is the second in a series of articles by James Morris on this site.

See also Ibn 'Arabi and his Interpreters: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Perspectives.

Ibn 'Arabi: Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Practice and Other Translations

This volume includes a variety of shorter, partial translations of short treatises by Ibn 'Arabi or selections from his 'Meccan Illuminations', most of which should eventually appear in more complete form in two forthcoming volumes now in preparation: Ibn 'Arabî's Divine Comedy: an Introduction to Islamic Eschatology; and Spiritual Practice and the Spiritual Path: Ibn 'Arabî's Advice for the Seeker. The first two short excerpts are included because of their special 'autobiographical' nature and relevance to Ibn 'Arabî's own life. The original places of publication for these versions are indicated below.

Some Dreams of Ibn 'Arabî (from his Risâlat al-Mubashshirât), pp. 1-3 in the Newsletter of the Muhyiddîn Ibn 'Arabî Society (Oxford), Autumn, 1993. [pdf file 86 KB]

Body of Light: Ibn 'Arabi's Account of His Father's Death. In Newsletter of the M. Ibn 'Arabi Society, Oxford, Spring 1999, p. 4. [pdf file 77 KB]

Introducing Ibn 'Arabî's "Book of Spiritual Advice". In Journal of the Muhyiddîn Ibn 'Arabî Society, vol. XXVIII (2000), pp. 1-18. [pdf file 155 KB]

Partial new translation (full one to be included in Spiritual Practice...) of Ibn 'Arabî's Book of the Quintessence of What is Indispensable for the Spiritual Seeker. [pdf file 192 KB]

[- Chapter 63 of the Futūhāt] Spiritual Imagination and the "Liminal" World: Ibn 'Arabi on the Barzakh. In POSTDATA (Madrid), vol. 15, no. 2 (1995), pp. 42-49 and 104-109 [Spanish] [pdf file 160 KB]

[- Chapter 367 of the Futūhāt] The Spiritual Ascension: Ibn 'Arabî and the Mi'râj. In Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 107 (1987), pp. 629-652, and vol. 108 (1988), pp. 63-77. [pdf file 365 KB]

[- Chapter 366 of the Futūhāt, on 'The Mahdi and His Helpers'] Included in section II, 'At the End of Time', in Ibn 'Arabî: The Meccan Revelations (co-author with W. Chittick). New York, Pir Press, 2002. [pdf file 293 KB]

[- A commentary on the fundamental issues raised in Chapter 366 of the Futūhāt, with new translations from throughout the Futūhāt.] Ibn 'Arabî's "Esotericism": The Problem of Spiritual Authority. In Studia Islamica, LXXI (1990), pp. 37-64. [pdf file 204KB]

All six articles above bundled in one pdf(1.1MB): spiritualpractice.pdf

Rhetoric and Realisation in Ibn 'Arabî: How Can We Communicate His Meanings Today? To appear in the Proceedings of the International Conference on 'Ibn 'Arabî and the World Today', Rabat, (publisher and date t.b.a.) [pdf file 45KB]. Added December 2002

Communication and Spiritual Pedagogy: Exploring the Methods of Investigation (tahqîq) in Classical Islamic Thought.To appear in Time, Space and Motion in Islam, ed. H. Ahmed. Washington, Islamic Thought and Science Institute, 2003. [pdf file 45KB]. Added December 2002