Muslim Spain gave rise to two unusual figures in the mystical tradition of Islam: Ibn Masarra (//) and Ibn al-ʿArabī (//). Muslim Spain gave rise to two unusual figures in the mystical tradition of Islam: Ibn Masarra and Ibn al- Arab. Representing, respectively, the beginning and the. b.,Abd All¯ ah al-Jabal¯ı, known as Ibn Masarra, was born in Cordoba in / His father,Abd All¯ah traveled to the East, and had been to .

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In many theological, philosophical and hermeneu- tic sources, as well as in some early S. Human salvation can be achieved ivn either the via reflectiva or the via propheticaan idea considered heretical by most Muslim theologians see Islamic theology.

He also said, praising His friends who seek to behold: Only the 50 Lit.: It lacks the power to make free choices; its choices and will are dictated to it by a higher power which governs its conduct. The Chester Beatty Library: Berlin and New York, —7.

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I have therefore resolved to validate this and illustrate it. It is noteworthy that the Jewish poet uses a Hebrew verbal form, meh. Its culmination is a triumphal vision of the attainments of sincere mental contemplation: He observes this nutrition; it is one and the same water, in one and the same earth and in one and the same air, yet it is subdivided into these various kinds: It is the first manifestation of God and his will; it is a metaphor for the production of things takwinthe emergence of justice and the permanent and unchanging primordial decree al-qada’ al-awwal.


It is assumed that he had to leave al-Andalus due to being denounced there for religious subversion. It also grows from childhood to maturity, and passes from youth to old age. Ibn Masarra admits, however, that the philosophers and the ancients had attained the knowledge of the true One well before the age of prophecy and without its mediation, a position not acceptable to the religious scholars.

See also Introduction, note 7. They are, however, related to each other. Ibn Masarra may have in mind this well-known h.

As is well known to any one who has worked with a unicum, the pitfalls and lacunae of such a manuscript may be noticed only when one tries to rephrase its contents or to translate it. See, for instance, al-Muqammis. The philosophy of the Kalam. On this seminal text, see also P. We wish to acknowledge with gratitude the help of the Institute. I see masadra all things follow this noble spiritual soul, and I see that, in understanding and the power to operate, everything is beneath it.

As regards constraint and subjugation, they are tied to compo- sition, just like what lies below them. lbn

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Viewing existence as composed of concentric spheres is a pivotal idea for Ibn Masarra as also for many of the medieval Arabic neoplatonists, such as Ibn Gabirol: De Smet, Empedocles Arabus.

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The thrust of Ibn Masarra’s philosophy is to demonstrate the agreement of reason and revelation. For it is impos- sible for these seven firmaments, with their weight and the size of their bodies, to hold themselves This cir- cular style reflects, no doubt, the image of the general scheme of things, which is circular and encompassing. Along with her it, too, is restricted, for her boundaries and reins take hold of it.

In Book of letters, Ja,far, p.

We can only know that God exists but not what His nature is. Contemplating them, he finds that they are individuals with different shapes and aspects, and of different kinds. The two paths taken by honest philosophers and prophets lead to the same goal of ibm the knowledge of the oneness of God.

Ibn Masarra, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah (883–931)

Masarra, the Batinite [i. He is greater than all things and He is the one who encompasses everything. Ibn Masarra may begin an idea, introducing it in philo- sophical language; then develop it, concluding with a verse that, accord- ing to him, says the same thing in scriptural language.

The polemic masarrw Nestor the Priest. In a prophetic tradition, which appears in several of the canonical collections, the prophet curses the mutanat.