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Ibn al-‘Arabi and the Virtues of “Holy Envy” in Islam

  • Meena Sharify-Funk
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Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)

Abstract

This chapter explores the subject of “holy envy” in Islam as arguably implicit in the thought of Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-‘Arabi (1165–1240 CE), a Sufi mystic and Muslim philosopher. In particular, it focuses on Ibn al-‘Arabi’s conception of the insan al-kamil, or the perfected human being, who is graced with the understanding that the essence of religion is inherently connected to the wonder of divine friendship (wilaya). Other concepts in Ibn al-‘Arabi’s thought that are analyzed such as tajalliyat Allah (the self-disclosure of God) and wahdat al-wujud (unity of being). Together, these concepts describe a universalism with profoundly inclusive implications, within which appreciation for differences surpasses mere toleration for differences or “deviations” from one’s own understanding of truth to become an authentic expression of spiritual belief and practice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meena Sharify-Funk
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  1. 1.Religion and CultureWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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