As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah!
I had read somewhere (or perhaps heard) a number of years ago that Shaykh ul-Akbar Ibn ‘Arabi mentioned that when the Mahdi appears seven monarchs from among the “Franks” would come forth and take bay’ah with him, thus becoming his khalifahs. Does anyone know if I am remembering this correctly? And if so, do you know the reference for this in his works?
All the best,
You should ask Dr. William Chittick at State University of New York, Stony Brook if this rings a bell.
Hajj Gibril Haddad