OverviewInspiring insight into the spiritual depth of Islam is presented in this English translation of Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar, one of the most influential early collections of hadith qudsi, the sayings of God as transmitted by Muhammad. The meaning of hadith, hadith qudsi, and the importance of the terms in the text are explained in a comprehensive 90-page introduction. A bibliography, indexes on the individual hadith, the names of the important transmitters, and two appendices on the manuscript sources and chains of transmission provide unfamiliar readers with resources to fully appreciate the work. An Arabic version of the Mishkat al-Anwar, culled from the oldest surviving manuscripts and presented in a handsome calligraphic style, is also included.
Author BiographyMuhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi was an eminent scholar and teacher of Islam in the Moorish culture of Andalusian Spain during the 12th century. He authored more than 350 religious texts and his zeal for Islam led him to be called "the revivifier of religion" by his contemporaries. Stephen Hirtenstein is a cofounder of Anqa Publishing and the editor of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society. He is the author of The Unlimited Mercifier and The Seven Days of the Heart. Martin Notcutt is a devoted scholar of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi and a fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society.