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Autobiography of a Moroccan Soufi: Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba [1747 - 1809]

Ibn Ajiba

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ISBN 10: 188775220X / ISBN 13: 9781887752206
Published by Fons Vitae, 1999
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Autobiography of a Moroccan Soufi: Ahmad Ibn...

Publisher: Fons Vitae

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Ibn 'Ajiba wrote his "fahrasa," or autobiography, not for the pleasure of talking about himself but "to celebrate God's kindness." It details his travels in search of both secular and spiritual knowledge, his entrance on a Sufi path strongly based within the Islamic tradition, and the social, intellectual, and spiritual struggles he encountered. This new English translation by David Streight is based on a contemporary French translation from the Arabic by the Swiss scholar Jean-Louis Michon.

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Ibn 'Ajiba, an 18th-century Moroccan saint in the Darqawi Sufi lineage, wrote his fahrasa or autobiography not for the pleasure of talking about himself, but "to celebrate God's kindness" by informing others of the graces bestowed on him. This account details Ibn 'Ajiba's travels in search of both secular and spiritual knowledge, his entrance on a Sufi path strongly based within the Islamic tradition and the social, intellectual and spiritual struggles that such a search entailed. He spent time in prison and time in ecstacy. He tells his tale with humility and a sense of humor and the story manages to be at the same time practical (details of how much he paid to workmen to build a house or advice to his followers on how to consumate their marriages) and spiritual (explaining the subtleties of mystical experience and how the esoteric way is superior to the exoteric). His zeal for both intellectual learning and the devotional path are apparent on every page. Long unavailable to Western readers, this new English translation is based on the French version by Jean-Louis Michon, a longtime scholar of Islamic culture and traditional ideas in the North African country where Ibn 'Ajiba lived and taught.

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