How is this word different in meaning from the term "essence" in general. In other words, how is it different from al-mahiya (quiddity)? And how is it different from al-haqiqa or al-haqq?
I get the sense that for created things, dhat is synonymous with quiddity (and al-haqiqa is the state of real existence of it), but for Allah it is synonymous with al-haqq. Is this correct?
I read that Shaykh Ibn Arabi used to use Al-Dhat and Al-Haqq synonymously to refer to Allah. So for Allah Al-Dhat = Al-Haqq, but for us our haqiqa is not just our dhat? Or do I have it mixed up?
My related question about Imam Fakhr al-Din al-Razi is that I read (in Aqidah Sanusiyya) that he had a different terminology for these ideas (existence, essence, being, etc). Can anyone elaborate?