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This book is the first comprehensive attempt to explain Ibn ‘Arabî’s distinctive view of time and its role in the process of creating the cosmos and its relation with the Creator. By comparing this original view with modern theories of physics and cosmology, Mohamed Haj Yousef constructs a new cosmological model that may deepen and extend our understanding of the world, while potentially solving some of the drawbacks in the current models such as the historical Zeno's paradoxes of motion and the recent Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox (EPR) that underlines the discrepancies between Quantum Mechanics and Relativity.
1. Cosmology and Time 2. General Aspects of Ibn ‘Arabî's Concept of Time 3. The Significance of the Week and its Seven Days 4. The Actual Flow of Time 5. Unicity and Multiplicity 6. The Single-Monad Model of the Cosmos 7. The Single-Monad Model and its Implications for Modern Physics. Conclusion
Posted February 13, 2008
James Morris says in his introduction to this work: 'this book begins with a helpful survey of the standard theories of cosmology and time found in earlier Hellenistic thinkers, which were largely taken over into the succeeding traditions of Islamic philosophy and science. However, the most creative and unfamiliar aspects of Ibn 'Arabi's cosmological ideas - especially his distinctive conception of the ever-renewed, ongoing and instantaneous nature of the cosmic process of creation (tajdîd al-khalq) - are carefully woven together from what have always been profoundly mysterious, problematic, and complexly interwoven symbolic formulations in the Qur'an. Thus the main focus and novel scholarly contribution of the central chapters of this volume lie in the author's careful unfolding and clarification of the intended meanings and references of this dense Qur'anic cosmological symbolism of time and creation, as that multi-dimensional world-view is systematically expounded in elaborate accounts scattered throughout several of Ibn 'Arabi's major works. Every reader who engages with this demanding discussion will come away, at the very least, with a heightened appreciation of the symbolic richness and challenging intellectual dilemmas posed by this unduly neglected - yet areguably quite central and unavoidable - dimension of the Qur'an and its metaphysical teachings.' As discussed in the survey in the opening chapter, there is no doubt that time is one of the most important issues in physics, cosmology, philosophy and theology, and hundreds of books and articles have been published in these fields. However, none of these studies have fully developed Ibn `Arabî's unique view of time in its cosmological dimensions, although his conception of time is indeed central to understanding, for example, his controversial theory of the 'oneness of being'. One possible reason for this relative neglect is the difficult symbolic language he usually used. Also, he didn't discuss this subject at length in any single place in his extant works--not even in chapters 59, 291 and 390 of the Futûhât whose titles relate directly to time--so we must piece together his overall cosmological understanding of time from his scattered treatments in many works and different contexts within his magnum opus, the Futûhât. Therefore this book may be considered the first comprehensive attempt to set forth all the relevant dimensions of time in Ibn `Arabî's wider cosmology and cosmogony.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.