The Horizons of Being

The Metaphysics of Ibn al-ʿArabī in the Muqaddimat al-Qayṣarī

Editor: Mukhtar H. Ali
The Horizons of Being explores the teachings of Ibn al-ʿArabī by examining Dāwūd al-Qayṣarī’s (d. 1350) Prolegomena ( muqaddima) to his commentary, Maṭlaʿ khuṣūṣ al-kilam fī maʿānī Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam (A Preamble of Select Discourse on the Meanings of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam), referred to simply as Muqaddimat al-Qayṣarī. While his commentary represents the third in a direct line going back to Ibn al-ʿArabī through Kāshānī, Jandī and Qūnawī, it remains one of the most popular due to its thorough and accessible treatment of the Fuṣūṣ that frequently synthesizes the ideas of his predecessors.
The Muqaddima stands on its own as an independent work and has been the subject of careful study. If the al-Futūḥāt al-makkiyya contains the entirety of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s metaphysics which is distilled in the Fuṣūṣ, then Qayṣarī’s Muqaddima can be read not just as a precis of the Fuṣūṣ but a summary of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s doctrine.

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Mukhtar H. Ali, Ph.D. (2007) University of California, Berkeley, is Professor of Islamic Studies, specializing in Sufism, Ethics and Philosophy. He has published several articles on the subject and his translated works include The New Creation (Sage Press, 2018) and The Principles of Correspondences (Sage Press, 2013).
1. On Being, and that He is the Truth
2. The Divine Names and Attributes
3. The Permanent Archetypes and a Comment on the Manifestations of the Names
4. Substance and Accident According to God’s folk
5. The Universal Worlds and the Five Divine Planes
6. The Imaginal World
7. The Degrees of Unveiling and its Types
8. The World is the Form of the Human Reality
9. The Muḥammadan Vicegerency and his Being the Pole of Poles
10. The Supreme Spirit its Degrees and Names in the Human World
11. The Return of the Spirit and its Manifestations During the Greater Resurrection
12. Prophethood, Messengership, and Sainthood
Students and scholars specializing in the field of Islamic studies, Sufism/mysticism, theology, philosophy, Ibn ʿArabī studies, Shiʿism and comparative religion.