The Single Monad Model of the Cosmos: Ibn Arabi’s Concept of Time and Creation

5 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781499779844: The Single Monad Model of the Cosmos: Ibn Arabi’s Concept of Time and Creation
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Ibn Arabi is the only scholar who was able to formulate a unique cosmological model that is capable of explaining our observations as well as many phenomena in physics and cosmology, and even solve some perplexing modern and historical riddles in science and philosophy such as the EPR paradox and Zeno paradoxes of motion. Moreover, the Single Monad Model explains for the first time in history the importance of the “week” as a basic unit of space and time together. This prodigious theory is based on the notion of the intertwining days where Ibn Arabi shows that at every instance of time there is indeed one full week of creation that takes place in the globe. Since its publication in 2008, this book has triggered an overwhelming response, and I hope this expanded edition will help promote further Ibn Arabi's wisdom that is still buried in his multitudes of books and treatises.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:

Ibn 'Arabî is one of the most prominent figures in Islamic history, especially in relation to Sufism and Islamic philosophy and theology. In this book, we want to explore his cosmology and in particular his view of time in that cosmological context, comparing his approaches to the relevant conclusions and principles of modern physics whenever possible. We shall see that Ibn 'Arabî had a unique and comprehensive view of time which has never been discussed by any other philosopher or scientist, before or even after Ibn 'Arabî. In the final two chapters, we shall discuss some of the ways his novel view of time and cosmology may be used to build a complete model of the cosmos that may deepen and extend our understanding of the world, while potentially solving some of the drawbacks and paradoxes in the current cosmological models of modern physics.
As we discuss 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, and other books. 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.
To start with, Ibn 'Arabî considers time to be a product of our human 'imagination', without any real, separately existing entity. Nevertheless, he still considers it to be one of the four main constituents of existence. We need this imagined conception of 'time' to chronologically arrange events and what for us are the practically defining motions of the celestial orbs and other physical objects, but for Ibn 'Arabî, real existence is attributable only to the actually existing thing that moves, not to motion nor to time (nor space) in which this motion is observed. Thus Ibn 'Arabî distinguishes between two kinds of time: natural and para-natural, and he explains that they both originate from the two forces of the soul: the active force and the intellective force, respectively. Then he explains that this imaginary time is cyclical, circular, relative, discrete and inhomogeneous. Ibn 'Arabî also gives a precise definition--drawing on the specific usage of the Qur'an and earlier Arab conceptions of time--of the day, daytime and night, showing how these definitions are related to the relative motions of the celestial orbs (including the earth), where every orb has its own 'day', and those days are normally measured by our normal observable day that we count on the earth.

From the Back Cover:

Ibn 'Arabî says:
Saturn (Kaywân) is in the seventh sphere from the earth, and this heaven was created by the (self-disclosure of the) divine Name 'the Lord' (al-Rabb). Allah created this heaven, its planet and the 'Day of Rest' (al-sabt, Saturday) in the lunar mansion of the constellation Khirtân (also called al-Zabra, and it is the eleventh mansion of the twenty eight moon mansions), and He made it a dwelling place for the prophet Abraham.
[paraphrasing II.442.21]

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 67.00
US$ 106.87

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Mohamed Haj Yousef
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014)
ISBN 10: 1499779844 ISBN 13: 9781499779844
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1499779844

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 106.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Haj Yousef, Mohamed
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publis (2014)
ISBN 10: 1499779844 ISBN 13: 9781499779844
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111499779844

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 122.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Mohamed Haj Yousef
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014)
ISBN 10: 1499779844 ISBN 13: 9781499779844
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 352 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.80 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1499779844

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 148.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds