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This little book contains vast knowledge of great benefit to all. It is gathered from the gardens of Eden and from divine providence. It is meant to be a guide to believers. There are neither conjectures nor doubts in it. Even if some may find faults in it, they will concede that they are small, fine, and beautiful. I call this book Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom.
The book is divided into twenty-one chapters. Each section contains instructions for achieving unity, the Lord’s gift to humankind. They show how to keep order within the divine order while improving ourselves; how to guide our lives in the right way; how to protect His king dom, which is the human being, from oblivion; how to rule it in the way that it is meant to be ruled, by the soul that the Lord has placed in it as His deputy. This book is such a fountain that both high and low will be able to quench their thirst by drinking from it. For those who are able to see beneath the evident, there are signs that, if followed, will lead to the Source. For those who see the surface, there are things as plain as could be.
The essence of the mystic path is offered in this book. It is a path for all who wish to reach the doorstep of divine benevolence.
About the author
He authored over 350 works, including the Fusûs al-Hikam, delving into the inner wisdom of prophets across Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions. His monumental Futûhât al-Makkiyya serves as a comprehensive encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge, harmonizing tradition, reason, and mystical insight. Ibn ‘Arabi’s poetry in the Diwân and Tarjumân al-Ashwâq showcases Arabic linguistic excellence.
Central to his philosophy is the concept of the Unity of Being, where the indivisible reality manifests in all aspects of the world. Grounded in the Quran, Ibn ‘Arabi’s teachings emphasize the uniqueness of each person’s path to truth, uniting diverse paths. His profound influence extends to Islam’s development, Western philosophy, and literature. In the modern world, Ibn ‘Arabi’s wisdom provides insights into the essence of human existence.
About the translator
Sheikh Tosun Bayrak
Sheikh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti (b. 1926, Istanbul) is a multifaceted individual – author, translator, and Sufi leader. His diverse education ranges from Biological Sciences in Istanbul to Art and Architecture studies in Paris and Berkeley. Holding a Masters in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, he later became a renowned professor of art and art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In the 1970s, Bayrak transitioned from a successful art career to focus on Islam and Sufism, becoming the spiritual guide of the Jerrahi Order of the Americas in 1977. As a government official, Honorary Consul, and Sheikh of the Jerrahi-Halveti Order, his influence spans from Ankara to Morocco and America.
Notably, Sheikh Tosun Bayrak is recognized for translating numerous Islamic spiritual works, with a special emphasis on Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi. His translations include classics such as Abdul Qadir Al-Jilani’s “Secret of Secrets” and “The Name and the Named: Divine Attributes of God.”