System of transliterations Editions and Abbreviations Foreword 1 A Shared Name 2 'He who sees thee sees Me' 3 The Sphere of Walaya 4 The Muhammadan Reality 5 The Heirs of the Prophets 6 The Four Pillars 7 The Highest Degree of Walaya 8 The Three Seals 9 The Seal of Muhammadan Sainthood 10 The Double Ladder Index
Michel Chodkiewicz was Director of Studies at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
'Chodkiewicz unravels the interwoven strands of Ibn 'Arabi's
thought with a blend of knowledge, intellectual scruple and
intelligence... this ability must be praised... it is very
instructive and light-years away from the apologetics and the
indictments of Islam which make up most of the current works on the
-- Maxime Robinson
'This is by far the best available explanation of the central importance of sanctity for understanding both the practical and the theoretical teachings of Sufism.' -- William Chittick
'An extraordinarily good book about an extremely difficult thinker... Chodkiewicz not only knows the texts remarkably well, but also avoids and rejects certain errors of perspective common among other scholars.'