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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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Witnessing God in Women: A Different Story of Creation

Witnessing God in Women: A Different Story of Creation

(p.173) Chapter Six Witnessing God in Women: A Different Story of Creation
Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

Saʿdiyya Shaikh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the manner in which Ibn Άrabī brings the reader into a different realm of imagining gender by presenting antinomian perspectives on the feminine, sexuality, and women. It begins by exploring Ibn Άrabī's notions of the divine feminine and the view that God is most perfectly witnessed in women. The chapter also examines his ideas on sex and sexual intimacy, and how such experiences are linked to the knowledge of God. Finally, it examines Ibn Άrabī's alternative narratives of creation, including Jesus's birth from the Virgin Mary, that further undermine dominant gender norms.

Keywords:   Ibn Άrabī, gender, feminine, sexuality, women, God, sex, sexual intimacy, creation

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