Muslim Spain gave rise to two unusual figures in the mystical tradition of Islam: Ibn Masarra (//) and Ibn al-ʿArabī (//). Muslim Spain gave rise to two unusual figures in the mystical tradition of Islam: Ibn Masarra and Ibn al- Arab. Representing, respectively, the beginning and the. b.,Abd All¯ ah al-Jabal¯ı, known as Ibn Masarra, was born in Cordoba in / His father,Abd All¯ah traveled to the East, and had been to .

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Skip ivn main content. His writ- ings present mystical-philosophical patterns that are different from those 45 See above, at note But they also say other things about him, which suggest more philosophical interests: It manifestly grows with the soul, increases and decreases, becomes clear and tarnished.

As we have already pointed out, the wish to highlight philosophical ideas with scriptural prooftexts is a commonplace in medieval philosophical writings. Of these two eastern S.

Ibn Masarra – Brill Reference

It is also attested in certain early S. The discovery of two of his writ- ings some decades ago opened the way for a renewed interest in him. It is also interesting that similar formulations of this idea can be traced back to Late Antique philosophy, see, for instance, Plotinus, Enn.

Ibn Ma- sarra ends the epistle in a celebratory note by bringing a cluster of ex- pressions and prooftexts which speak about the salvation of the friends of God.

There we find, for example, the following similar He realizes that neither water nor fire have in their nature [the capacity] to subdivide and become specified. The origination of the cosmos has been achieved in time by the command ‘Be’ kunexpressing the volition and will according to knowledge.


Ibn Masarra

The proof is thus [doubly] supported, certitude is revealed, and the hearts attain the realities of faith. He is distinct in essence and at- tribute from all that He has created, yet He is with all things in seasons, knowledge and manifestation; He has made all things masarrq of Him.

His complete transcendence renders him inaccessible to direct contemplation. Plants and kernels of various colors, textures, tastes and smells are irrigated by one and the same water yet some of them We make mazarra excellent than others to eat. Hence it becomes clear to you that every thing that God created is subject for thought and a call for indication mat. It is harnessed by the reins of subjugation, bondage and lowliness, branded by marks of impotence. Hence, while sustaining motion and life, she is deprived of choice and of [true] power to operate.

The beginnings masatra mystical philosophy in al-Andalus Al-H.

It is disjoint, restricted to boundaries which it cannot transgress, and enclosed within a limit which it cannot cross. Berlin and New York, —7. By ascending the path which He has opened for you towards Him, you will behold His innermost court. Praise be to Him, the One, the Creator, the Encompassing, who presides over all that He created, who holds the heavens and earth lest they perish Q For it is impos- sible for these seven firmaments, with their weight and the size of their bodies, to hold themselves The inner meanings in the sciences can be learned through the science of letters.


In both cases, individuals have to follow certain rules in order to free their souls from the bondage of materiality. The great soul is thus determined by the same subjugation, lowliness and impotence that determine that which is below it.

On this topic, see also I. For the significance of the hypostasis of divine will in monotheistic neoplatonic systems, see Introduction. Third is the Great Soul al-nafs al-kubra that carries the body of the universe.

Ibn Masarra, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah (–) – Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The world in its entirety is therefore a book, whose letters are His speech. The formation masarrz al-Andalus. The supreme king transcends the entire species and is above it, except by means of the proofs which give indication of Him and the traces which He imprinted in His creation, bearing witness to His masrra. God, according to him, is concealed from creation by two veils from the perspective of his creation, inasmuch as nothing can conceal him from the perspective of his essence.

Ibn Masarra does not use this term for the emanation of the intellect upon the soul. A neoplatonic philosopher of the early tenth century.

These are revealed to those who see, but veiled from him who is distracted and turns away from remembering Us, desiring only the present life Q This entirely changes the axis masxrra the contemplative process as well as its vo- cabulary.