- Language: English
- 486 Pages
- Published: November 2011
- Region: Global
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“The Equivalence” (Al-Taswiya) of Muhibb Allah Ilahabadi. Edition No. 1
- Published: May 2009
- Region: Global
- 104 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
The so-called Sufi “fight” of 17th century India
between Ahmad Sirhindi and Ibn ‘Arabi has been
repeatedly portrayed in modern South Asian
historiography as an epic clash of metaphysicians.
Orientalists and reformers alike have cast Sirhindi
as a revolutionary of “pure” Islam who tirelessly
combated the heretical ideas of the Shaykh al-Akbar.
Yet, the continuing preoccupation with Sirhindi as an
opponent of Ibn ‘Arabi has overshadowed other
important Indian Sufis of the same period,
particularly the Chishti Shaykh Muhibb Allah
Ilahabadi, known in India as “the second Ibn ‘Arabi.”
Despite being recognized as the most prolific Chishti
author, Muhibb Allah’s writings are virtually unknown
to contemporary scholarship, and remain mostly in
manuscript form. This monograph focuses on Muhibb
Allah’s most controversial and important treatise,
"The Equivalence" (Al-Taswiya), which demonstrates an
innovative integration of philosophical traditions
within the larger context of Ibn ‘Arabi’s school in
17th century India post-Sirhindi. This historical and
intellectual analysis will be useful to those
interested in South Asian Islam, the metaphysical
tradition of Ibn ‘Arabi, and Sufism in general.
G. A., Lipton.
G. A. Lipton received his M.A. from the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in
the Department of Religious Studies. His dissertation explores
how the prism of post-Enlightenment thought has shaped the modern
reception of Ibn ‘Arabi and the tradition of Sufism.