ISBN 9789954838365
Pages 240
Dimensions 320mm x 260mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2005
Publisher Senso Unico Editions, Morocco
Format Paperback

On the Path of Ibn Al-Arabi

The Revelations in Fez and Marrakesh

by Mehdi de Graincourt

The major moments of Al-Shaykh Al-Akbar’s life are related in the first person. The author becomes a scribe and steps aside in order to let the word of the Master be heard and pass on his teachings in a crystal-clear way. Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s word is a message of tolerance, a return to the common roots of the three «religions of the Book», and it summons the reader, whatever his faith may be, to oppose war and fanaticism. This book is a first step on the Sufi path, but may also be read as an enlightening and wonderful tale. The text is enhanced by a lavish iconography which illustrates ten centuries of Islamic, Christian and Jewish art.

Des « moments » de la vie su Shaykh al-Akbr sont racontés à la première personne. L’auteur, devenu scribe, s’efface pour que la parole du Maître retentisse et transmette encore une fois son enseignement de manière claire et limpide. Sa parole est un message de tolérance, un retour à la source commune des trois religions du Livre, et appelle le lecteur, quelle que soit sa confession, à se battre contre le fanatisme et la guerre.
Ce livre est un premier pas sur la voie soufie, mais on peut aussi le lire comme un récit lumineux, une fable merveilleuse. Le texte est sublimé par de riches illustrations, témoignages de dix siècles d’art islamique, chrétien et juif.

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About the Author

Mehdi de Graincourt

Mehdi de Graincourt, born in 1974 in Ouagadougou, has been living in Marrakesh since 1991. Graduate in psychology (Paris Descartes), and German (Paris Sorbonne), he is a writer and journalist. Among his publications are: Les autres vies (éditions du Rocher, 1992); Mehdi, l'initiation d'un soufi (éd. du Rocher, 1994); Il sofa (edizioni Publigold, 1999), and Amadeus (Yomad, 2004).