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The Bezels of Wisdom (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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Called by Moslems "the greatest master," Ibn Al-'Arabi was a Sufi born in twelfth-century Spain. The Bezels of Wisdom was written during the author's later years and was intended to be a synthesis of his spiritual doctrine. Bezel means a setting in which a gem, engraved with one's name, is set to make a seal ring. The setting in which Ibn Al-'Arabi has placed his spiritual ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1980 by Paulist Press (first published 1229)
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Jan 31, 2013 Gwen rated it it was amazing
Being a Sufi and all, I pretty much have to give Ibn Arabi a five. He pretty much defined what it is to be a Sufi. Even with that aside though this book is amazing. It is hard to find books that really truly make a person drunk with words, but this one manages it. The introduction and translation are both done very well. The only caution I have for the book is that it isn't the kind of book to pick up as an introduction to Sufism. The material really needs a solid grounding in the Abrahamic fait ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Ahmedasal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب هو اروع ما كتب الإمام في وجهة نظري و هو ملخص لفلسفة الإسلام من وجهة نظر الصوفية على لسان أمامها الأكبر و فيه تفسير باطني لدعوة الأنبياء و رسالة الإسلام منذ ادم إلى خاتم الأنبياء عليهما الصلاة و السلام.
محمد  النعمه
يبدأ ابن عربي كتابه بقوله : "أما بعد فإني رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في مبشرة أريتها في العشر الآخر من محرم سنة سبع وعشرون وستمائة بمحروسة دمشق وبيده صلى الله عليه وسلم كتاب فقال لي: هذا كتاب فصوص الحكم خذه واخرج به إلى الناس ينتفعون به، فقلت السمع والطاعة لله ولرسوله ولأولي الأمر منا"
يعتبر كتاب فصوص الحكم للشيخ الأكبر ابن عربي من أهم الكتب التي كتبها وهو خلاصة ماتوصل إليه
وهو مرجع للعقيدة الصوفية ليس في الاسلام فحسب بل في كل الأديان والمعتقدات والمسالك الروحية
ففيه يستمد ابن عربي من القرآن
Abrar Shahi
Jan 28, 2013 Abrar Shahi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Needs more than one reading. I will soon make a critical edition and translate it into Urdu by the will of Allah.
الزهراء الدمشقية
كلام الشيخ لا يحتاج مدحا من اناس مثلنا
Yousef Nabil
Feb 20, 2012 Yousef Nabil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
توقفت كثيراً عند قراء ةابن عربى ، فهو يختلف تماماً ن كافة المتصوفين برؤاه الثاقبة وتجاربه الروحية الحقيقية ، التى لا تتوق إلى الزهد بل تتجاوزه حتى المعرفة بدرجات لاهوتية وأمور فائقة .
كتاب رائع
Dec 24, 2009 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: college
Some seriously crazy shit.
Aug 08, 2010 Raqib is currently reading it
one of the heaviest book I have ever picked up. Insight could only be attained by experience not by reading.
Elizabeth L'Abate
Jan 29, 2008 Elizabeth L'Abate rated it it was amazing
best translation. Each prophet as a different Gnosis and practice....
Nov 02, 2009 Kat added it
This is what you might call very heavy reading. Fascinating, but deeply philosophical. I've decided to return it to the library before finishing it. I think it would be a better book to discuss in a class with a Sufi Master. One bezel that I did garner was: "The Reality wanted to see the essences of His Most Beautiful Names or, to put it another way, to see His own Essence, in an all-inclusive object encompassing the whole [divine:] Command, which, qualified by existence, would reveal to Him his ...more
Oct 29, 2009 Kooshan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: فلاسفه
کتاب فصوص یا فصوصالحکم اثر شیخ اکبر ابن عربی از کتب مشهور تصوف و عرفان نظری است.

به خاطر اهمیت و ارزش والای آن، تا کنون، بیشتر از صد و ده شرح مختلف، به زبانهای گوناگون، بر فصوصالحکم نوشته شده است.
Jun 24, 2008 oludamini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best translation and critical edition available of oen of the masterpieces of Islamic mystical thought
Mar 29, 2012 Hytham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أفضل ما قرأت في 2012 ..
Nov 29, 2015 Lionkhan-sama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In all honesty, I am nowhere near the level of this book. The information contained is of the highest caliber, and not for the normal person. I have much to go before I can understand even a decent portion of Ibn AlArabi's words.

However, what tiny little pieces I did understand I enjoyed immensely. Ibn AlArabi gives an incredible perspective, and is most certainly worth trying to understand.

The translation is absolutely wonderful. Although translated from Arabic to English, I feel that the messa
Robert Sheppard


The "Islamic Golden Age" was an historical period b
Jan 12, 2015 Serdar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Sendeki) Soruların yerine başka sorular koyan bir garip kitap. Biraz güncel olduğu için burada bir alıntı bulunsun.

Davud aleyhisselam, Beyt-i Mukaddes’i inşa etmeyi dileyip, onu defalarca inşa ettiyse de inşaatı biten bina her seferinde yıkıldı. Bu durumu Allahu Teala’ya şikayet edince, Allahu Teala ona şöyle vahyetti: “Benim bu evim kan döken bir kişinin iki eli üzerinde ayakta duramaz.” Davud şöyle dedi: “Yarabbi, ben senin yolunda kan dökmedim mi?” Hak Teala şöyle buyurdu: “Evet, ama onlar B
Ed Schulte
Apr 08, 2016 Ed Schulte rated it really liked it
Not enough has been make available on the works of this great Master. No where else but the Essenes and the System of the Researchers of Truth can one find reference to the 3 deaths each human travels through, incarnation after incarnation until Theosis.
Mazen Alloujami
Jul 05, 2014 Mazen Alloujami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خلاصة حكمة ابن عربي وفلسفته الصوفية.
كتاب رائع لكن يصعب فهمه للقارئ غير المعتاد على التجربة الصوفية.
Fatma Amour
Jul 27, 2015 Fatma Amour rated it it was amazing
All the question u have in yourself will be replaced by new ones.
Ethar Mahmoud
Mar 20, 2014 Ethar Mahmoud marked it as to-read
فصوص الحكم
Oct 23, 2014 Nurzaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sep 02, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in Sufism
Shelves: poetry, sufism
During the period when Ibn Al' Arabi wrote this book, he faced a general climate of backlash against Sufism from the orthodox majority. It is both a description and a commentary on psychological type, couched as a study of the twenty-seven prophets mentioned in the Koran. It is a difficult and powerful book written by the greatest Sufi theorist. The copy I read, translated by R.W.J. Austin, was superior to the other translations I have seen.
Mohammad Ali
Jun 02, 2015 Mohammad Ali marked it as فعلا-رها-شده-ها  ·  review of another edition
من دیباچه و مؤخره ی کتاب را خوانده ام و به نظرم دیباچه شایسته ی مقدمه ی یک اثر محوری نیست. مچ گیری یا نشان دادن ضعف های سنت عرفان نظری گرچه در ایران ضروری است اما نباید آن را در مقدمه ی چاپ یک اثر مثل فصوص گنجاند
Dec 22, 2015 Doyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un bouquin pas facile et en même temps agréable à lire pour ses entrées par prophète...le vocabulaire arabe théologique est transcrit et bien explicité. les commentaires d'Ibn 'Arabi sont fabuleux
Nov 06, 2014 Hend rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read. Every time you read it, you gain new wisdom. Ibn Al Arabi has a unique style and unique knowledge; controversial, but absolutely great thinker.
Dec 23, 2007 Tyler rated it really liked it
3 stars for the translation and editing and style; 5 stars for Arabi's content, which comes through with difficulty from the translation, which itself isn't even half bad.
Ahmed Oraby
Jun 20, 2015 Ahmed Oraby marked it as to-read-later  ·  review of another edition
فيه حاجات كتير مفهمتهاش مش عارف ليه كده , ابن عربي فظيع الصراحة
Marisa Ring
Dec 12, 2013 Marisa Ring rated it it was amazing
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