Presuppositions in mystical philosophies : an examination of the mystical philosophies of Sankara and Ibn Arabi

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Peat, Campbell
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Religious Studies, c2011
This study is a comparison of the philosophical systems composed by the Indian philosopher Sankara (788-830 CE), and the Muslim mystic, Ibn Arabi (1165-1240 CE). The primary thesis found in this study is that the conceptual systems constructed by Sankara and Ibn Arabi are not perfectly new creations derived from the core of their mystical realizations. Rather, they contain fundamental pre-existing principles, concepts, and teachings that are expanded upon and placed within a systematic philosophy or theology that is intended to lead others to a state of realization. A selection of these presuppositions are extracted from within each of these thinkers’ philosophical systems and employed as structural indicators. Similarities are highlighted, yet the differences between Sankara and Ibn Arabi’s thought, witnessed within their philosophical systems, lead us to the conclusion that the two mystics inhabited different conceptual space.
iv, 195 leaves ; 29 cm
Śaṅkarācārya , Ibn al-ʻArabī,1165-1240 , Philosophy, Indic , Islamic philosophy , Mysticism -- Islam , Mysticism -- Hinduism , Dissertations, Academic