This second volume, out of three, contains the chapters 216 up to 320 of the alltogether 372 chapters. Based on the
Dār al-yaqaza al-‘arabiyya (1966-1967) and on the manuscript of the Library of Alger, this translation has taken into account the work accomplished by Michel Chodkiewicz (Éditions du Seuil, 1982) and by A. Khurshīd (Alif Ëditions, 1996). It deals with mystic comments on Qur’anic verses and prophetic translations inspired by Ibn ‘Arabi’s work. This volume also contains long comments on the
Futuḥāt. Chapter 248 deals with the synthesis of Shaykh al-Akbar's view on the world, which helps to get an idea of this rather well organised vision, which is however often hard to understand.
Michel Lagarde, D.Litt. (1984) in Oriental Studies, University of Lyon II, the translator, is Professor of Arabic and Islam at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome. He has published
Index du Grand Commentaire de Fahr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (Brill, 1996) and several articles related to the Koranic commentary and to Islamo-Christians relations.
Those interested in the history of religious and philosophical thought in general, as well as those interested in the history of Alger in particular.