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Here you will find excerpts from books published in English by Mohamed Haj Yousef, click here to see his books in the Arabic.

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The Single Monad Model of the Cosmos

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.

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Ibn 'Arabî - Time and Cosmology

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.

Editorial Reviews

The similarity between the world-view of modern physics and that of Ibn Arabi is interesting, and this kind of study should be encouraged. ... I wonder if Ibn Arabi's theory could be successfully expressed in mathematical formulas. A work which succeeded in doing that would bridge humanities and science, and contribute to mutual understanding between the two fields of human knowledge.

[Prof. Shigeru Kamada, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo - Journal of Islamic Studies; Sep. 2010, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p418]

The most important contribution of this book seems to me its elucidation of the complicated process of creation/manifestation, which makes clear the link between the metaphysical One and the phenomenal Many, the cardinal question of mysticism. Another contribution is that it clarifies in a concrete way how a Muslim mystic formed his thought through inspired reflection on particular Quranic texts.

[Prof. Shigeru Kamada, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo - Journal of Islamic Studies; Sep. 2010, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p418]

One of the remarkable characteristics of this book is its constant reference to the latest developments of the theories of modern physics.

[Prof. Shigeru Kamada, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo - Journal of Islamic Studies; Sep. 2010, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p418]

This constantly challenging and thought-provoking study is clearly the fruit of years of research on one of the most difficult subjects to be found in the writings of one of Islam's most seminal, creative, inspired, and notoriously difficult thinkers. So even those who may find Ibn Arabi's language and speculations difficult to follow will surely come away from their reading with a heightened appreciation of the relative poverty, thoughtlessness, and lack of sophistication in today's dominant public discourse about religion and science ...
Prof. James W. Morris (Boston College)


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.

 

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That Is All Indeed: what the seeker needs

This book is a concise guide to the one who wishes to seek the path of God and reach perfection. Ibn Arabi wrote this short treatise in answering to one seeker who met him in Mosul on his way to Anatolia. The seeker, according to the Sufi terminology, is someone who would like to pursue the path of mysticism in order purify his soul and prepare his heart for divine manifestation, by honorably devoting himself to God and acting only according to the Law and whatever pleases his Lord.

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The Meccan Revelations (volume 1 of 37)

 

 

 

 

This is an English translation of the first volume of Ibn Arabi's famous book of al-futuhat al-makkiyya.
The Meccan Revelations is considered the most important book in Islamic mysticism. Ibn al-Árabî started working on this book in Mecca in the year 598 AH / 1202 AD; thus from here it takes its name, where he received the immense knowledge that he had broadcasted in this huge book from a spirit he calls the ‘passing young’ (al-fatâ al-fâàt) whom he met at the Kaaba. But it took him around thirty years to finish it in Damascus in the year 629 AH / 1232 AD, and then he rewrote it again between 632/1235 and 636/1239, just two years before he passed away.

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The Discloser of Desires

 

 

This book is one of two unique versions of one of Ibn al-Arabi's masterworks: the Turjuman al-Ashwaq (The Discloser of Desires) and his own commentary on it: Dhakhair al-Aalaq (The Precious Repository).
This great work by Ibn al-Arabi has always been characterized by its bilateral nature; on the outer form it is wonderful pure love poetry, yet it has a distinctive inner interpretation on the spiritual and divine planes. This book has been translated into English at least twice before, but the problem is how to illustrate its two completely different sides at the same time.
Therefore, this innovative translation is executed in two different modes; for the poems themselves the rhythmic style was given the priority by concentrating on the sentiments the author desired to disclose, while giving more variations and minutiae when expounding them by translating Ibn al-Arabi's own commentaries and also extensively linking with related concepts from his other books.
This first version is published under the title: "The Discloser of Desires", which contains the Turjuman al-Ashwaq alone, and the second takes the title: "The Precious Repository in Expounding the Discloser of Desires", which contains Dhakhair al-Aalaq fi sharh Turjuman al-Ashwaq, and both include an extensive introduction to the book and to the Greatest Master Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi. The abridged and illustrated version should be enough for someone who only wants to enjoy reading this inspiring chef-d'oeuvre, while the full version could be nominated to those who would like to explore Ibn al-Arabi's immense knowledge and prominent divine wisdom.

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