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Qaysari’s Muqaddimah to his Sharh Fusus al-Hikam

In order to explore the teachings of Ibn Arabi, it is worthwhile to begin by examining the prolegomena to Matla’ Khusus al-Kilam fi Ma’ani Fusus al-Hikam, Dawud Qaysari’s commentary on Fusus al-Hikam. Although his commentary on the Fusus represents the third in a direct line going back to Ibn Arabi through Kashani, Jandi, and Qunawi, […]

  • Dawud Qaysari
  • Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Ali
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Qaysari’s Muqaddimah to his Sharh Fusus al-Hikam
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    In order to explore the teachings of Ibn Arabi, it is worthwhile to begin by examining the prolegomena to Matla' Khusus al-Kilam fi Ma’ani Fusus al-Hikam, Dawud Qaysari’s commentary on Fusus al-Hikam. Although his commentary on the Fusus represents the third in a direct line going back to Ibn Arabi through Kashani, Jandi, and Qunawi, it has been considered one of the most popular due to its thoroughness and accessibility, frequently synthesizing the ideas of his predecessors. The prolegomena, commonly known simply as the Muqaddimah, although part of a larger work, which is the commentary on the Fusus, stands on its own as an independent work and has been the subject of careful study. Moreover, since the Fusus is a synopsis of Ibn Arabi’s doctrine, which he expands in the Futuhat al-Makkiyyah, Qaysari’s Muqaddimah can be read as a summary of the Fusus itself. Qaysari writes in a separate introduction to the Fusus that without comprehending all of the essential topics of gnosis, it is not possible to understand the original text of the Fusus. It is in light of this approach that he wrote the Muqaddimah, which contains what he considers to be the fundamental issues in gnosis, such as Being, the Divine Names, Prophethood, unveiling, and the human being.

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    • Dawud Qaysari
    • Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Ali
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