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Sufism and Deconstruction : A Comparative Study of Derrida and Ibn 'Arabi - Ian Almond

Sufism and Deconstruction

A Comparative Study of Derrida and Ibn 'Arabi

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780415320436
Number Of Pages: 166

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Examinung a series of common features in the works of Derrida and the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi, considered to be one of the most influential figures in Islamic thought, the author addresses the significant absence of attention on the relationship between Islam and Derrida. Presenting a deconstructive perspective on Ibn 'Arabi, the book's features include:
* the opposition to systematizing representations of God/reality/the text
* a re-emphasis on the radical unthinkability of God and the text
* a common conception of rational thought as restrictive, commodifying and ultimately illusory - and a subsequent appraisal of confusion as leading to a higher state of knowledge
* a positive belief in the infinate interpretability of the text
* a suspicion of represention - and an awareness of its semantic futility, along with a common, 'welcoming' affirmation of openness and errancy towards God and the text.
This book will be essential reading for advanced students and academics of Religious studies, Arabic and Islamic studies and those interested in the work of Derrida and Ibn 'Arabi.

List of transliterations
Introductionp. 1
The shackles of reason : Sufi/deconstructive opposition to rational thoughtp. 7
The honesty of the perplexed : Derrida and Ibn Arabi on 'confusion'p. 39
Sages of the book : the meaning of infinity in Sufi and deconstructive hermeneuticsp. 63
Mystery-tasting and abyssality : the secret in Ibn Arabi and Derridap. 89
Conclusion : the post-structuralist dissolution of the subject : three Neoplatonic moments in the Derridean canonp. 117
Notesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780415320436
ISBN-10: 0415320437
Series: Routledge Studies in Religion
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 13.92  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1