Ibn 'Arabî and Modern Thought by Peter Coates.
Anqa Publishers, Oxford, 2002. Hb & Pb., 203 pp., English.
From the Society Library Report - Spring 2002
An examination of certain aspects of contemporary thought - philosophy, social science and psychology - in the light of Ibn 'Arabî's metaphysics. Sub-titled, 'the history of taking metaphysics seriously' it also provides an overview of philosophy from the Greeks onward and the emergence of modernity. Concentrating particularly upon Ibn 'Arabî's theory of knowledge, it points to the extraordinary ability of his vision to 'reconceptualise modernity's own self-descriptions and understandings and to bring out hitherto unnoticed features of its landscape'.