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The Meccan Revelations
English translation of al-futuhat al-makkiyya
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|11 February 2013|
The Meccan Revelations is considered the most important book in Islamic mysticism. Ibn al-Árabî started working on this book in Mecca in the year 598 AH / 1202 AD; thus from here it takes its name, where he received the immense knowledge that he had broadcasted in this huge book from a spirit he calls the ‘passing young’ (al-fatâ al-fâàt) whom he met at the Kaaba. But it took him around thirty years to finish it in Damascus in the year 629 AH / 1232 AD, and then he rewrote it again between 632/1235 and 636/1239, just two years before he passed away.
The book consists of 560 chapters that vary in length between as short as half a page and as long as several hundreds. Although it is now mostly printed in four condensed volumes, based on Bulaq edition, it is in total contained in 37 volumes according to Ibn al-Árabî's own arrangement, and each volume is normally divided into seven parts which may start or end regardless of chapters; thus some chapters are placed in more than one part or even more than one volume.
Although this volume contains the first chapter of the five hundred and sixty chapters of the Futûħât and a considerable part of the second chapter which is quite long, but we can consider this volume as an introduction to this immense book.
|Introduction||Volume One||Volume Two||Volume Three|
|Volume Four||Volume Five||Volume Six||Volume Seven|
|Volume Eight||Volume Nine||Volume Ten||Volume Eleven|
|Volume Twelve||Volume Thirteen||Volume Fourteen||Volume Fifteen|
|Volume Sixteen||Volume Seventeen||Volume Eighteen||Volume Nineteen|
|Volume Twenty||Volume Twenty One||Volume Twenty Two||Volume Twenty Three|
|Volume Twenty Four||Volume Twenty Five||Volume Twenty Six||Volume Twenty Seven|
|Volume Twenty Eight||Volume Twenty Nine||Volume Thirty||Volume Thirty One|
|Volume Thirty Two||Volume Thirty Three||Volume Thirty Four||Volume Thirty Five|
|Volume Thirty Six||Volume Thirty Seven||Indexes||Contents|