Ibn 'Arabî's Twofold Perception of Woman
Monday, April 30, 2012 8:59:57 PM
In the Name of Allah the Rahman the Rahim
It is astonishing that a colossalIslamic scholar, MuhyiddinIbn'Arabî (AH 560-638), who lived more than eight centuries ago, should have declared that woman and man are absolutely equal in terms of human potentiality. He interpreted the"degree" which was given toman over woman as an ontological matter, abolishing singular male images of the universe in favour of a binary conjugal conception, where male and female are coupled together in a necessary cosmic unity on the level of both Creation and Gnosis.
Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabî has presented a new vision of woman in the history of Islamic Culture. It is indeed a vision worthy of inspiring contemporary Muslims, of acting as a foundation for there assessment of their notions and concepts about women in Islam, and of propelling the wheel of cultural change in the proper path.
For the purpose of outlining Ibn 'Arabî's vision, my research is divided into two main parts, each containing two subsections, that is a total of four, each holding the potential to be a springboard for a new wave of thought on the issue of women.