Ibn Ajiba, Two Treatises on the Oneness of Existence

Ibn Ajiba, Two Treatises on the Oneness of Existence

By Jean Louis Michon; David Streight (Translator); Claude Addas (Foreword by)

Archetype, Hardcover, 9781901383393, 94pp.

Publication Date: October 2010

Ibn 'Ajiba (1747-1809) was a Moroccan Sufi of the Darqawi school who studied in Fez and lived all his life in and around Tetuan. Although still relatively unknown in the English-speaking world, his writings are important for an understanding of Maghribi Sufism. In this bi-lingual edition, with a Preface by Claude Addas and a Foreword by Hamza Yusuf, Jean-Louis Michon presents two short metaphysical treatises by Ibn 'Ajiba which shed new light on the history of Sufism and show its vitality as a living tradition in eighteenth-century Morocco. The key idea underlying both treatises, the Oneness of Existence, reveals the enduring influence of the Ibn Arabi, more than five centuries after his death. Students of Islam in North Africa, those interested in the Sufi tradition and spiritual seekers will welcome the publication of these treatises and the useful presentation of both Arabic text and English translation on facing pages.

About the Author
Michon is a French scholar who specialized in Islam in North America, Islamic art, and Sufism. He has participated in several UNESCO projects on Islamic art and is the author of many works on sufism and art.

Claude Addas is a scholar of Ibn Arabi and the author of" Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn Arabi" (published by The Islamic Texts Society, 1993).