Friday, December 14, 2012

'Abd al-Karim al-Jili

‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili (1365 [1366?]-c.1424), also known as 'Abd-al-karim Jili or Abdul Karim Jili, was a mystic who lived in Zabid and visited India. Among other works, ‘Abd al-Karim wrote The Perfect Man (also known as Universal Man -- al-Insan al-Kamil) in which he shows himself an adherent of Ibn al-‘Arabi.  

'Abd al-Karim al-Jili is the foremost synthesizer and one of the greatest exponents of the work of Ibn Arabi. His book, The Perfect Man, is an explanation of Ibn Arabi's teachings on the structure of reality and human perfection. 'Abd al-Karim al-Jili conceived of the Absolute Being as a Self, a line of thinking which later influenced the 20th century Indian Muslim philosopher and poet Allama Iqbal. The Perfect Man is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Sufi literature.

'Abd al-Karim was a Muslim Sufi saint and mystic who was born at Jil in Baghdad.  He is famous in Muslim mysticism as the author of The Perfect Man (The Universal Man). 

'Abd al-Karim al-Jili was a descendant of the Muslim saint, Gilani, the founder of the Qadiriyya dervish order. Although little is known about his life, historians have noted that Jili travelled in India and lived in Yemen from 1393 to 1403. He wrote more than twenty books, of which The Perfect Man (The Universal Man) is the best known. 

Alternative names include:

'Abd al-Karim al-Jili
'Abd-al-karim Jili
Abdul Karim Jili
Al-Jili, 'Abd al-Karim
Jili, 'Abd-al-karim
Jili, Abdul Karim

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