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Sufi Narratives of IntimacyIbn 'Arab?, Gender, and Sexuality$
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Sa'diyya Shaikh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835333

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869864_shaikh

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Mysticism and Gender: A Hermeneutic of Experience

Mysticism and Gender: A Hermeneutic of Experience

(p.95) Chapter Three Mysticism and Gender: A Hermeneutic of Experience
Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

Saʿdiyya Shaikh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores aspects of Ibn Άrabī's life and relationships with women to illuminate his insights and unique understandings of human nature and gender. It examines how Ibn Άrabī's mystical and mundane experiences interweave to produce his openness toward alternative ways of understanding male and female relationships and his receptivity to mystical insights on gender. Drawing on the feminist notion that embodied experience substantively shapes ideas and theory, the chapter explores the possibility that Ibn Άrabī's multilayered relationships with women were integral to the worldview presented in his writings.

Keywords:   Ibn Άrabī, women, human nature, gender, feminist

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