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3 The Friends of God

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The concept of friendship with God and the figure of the friends of God are the main axis around which both the Shiʿi tradition and Sunni mysticism revolve. This chapter analyzes several aspects of walāya, in an attempt to underscore certain affinities between the Ismāʿīlī tradition and the thought of Ibn al-ʿArabī. It discusses various sources all played their part in the development of the hierarchal idea in Islam the pre-Islamic heritage, early Islamic ḥadīths eastern, classical Sufi writings, the works of al-Tirmidhī and, last but not least, the Shiʿi-Ismāʿīlī tradition. Ibn al-ʿArabī may be regarded as the climactic point in this process, as the confluence of all these diverse trends and traditions. Ibn al-ʿArabī was not only influenced by these different sources, but was also extremely innovative in the way in which he blended them together into a new theory of walāya and awliyāʾ.

Keywords:awliyāʾ; god; Ibn al-ʿArabī; Ismāʿīlī Sunni mysticism; walāya



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