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Each year the Society organizes Symposia in the UK and the USA on an aspect of Ibn 'Arabi's work.

These international gatherings bring together people from many different fields and traditions, and include scholars, students, and anyone interested in what Ibn 'Arabi has to say. These events provide a unique opportunity for both speakers and listeners, specialists and non-specialists, to enrich their understanding of Ibn ‘Arabi’s teachings and their relevance today. The Society also encourages public seminars and lectures and can provide speakers on request.

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"Counsel My People"
Ibn 'Arabi's guidance in difficult times

Symposium and Workshop
Wolfson College, Oxford, October 26th and 27th, 2019

About the Symposium

Saturday 26th - Ibn Arabi's Guidance in Difficult Times: Speakers will be Eric Winkel, Pablo Beneito and Jane Clark. The three talks will be in the morning session, and there will be workshops with each of the speakers in the afternoon, followed by a plenary session. Programme details below.

Registration includes sandwich lunch and teas and coffee etc, with options for special diets. There is free car parking at Wolfson College for up to 40 cars.

Sunday 27th - 'Crossing the Bridge of Life' : Eric Winkel will run a further Workshop on Sunday for the morning only. This is an additional part of the main symposium, for people who have registered and attended on the Saturday. There is also an additional charge (see ticket options). On Sunday there will be no lunch provided - coffee will be taken at a nearby hotel during the morning.

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Registration on Eventbrite Members will receive a membership discount code by email from the Society.


Pablo Beneito

Title: Qurrat al-'Ayn, the Maiden of the Ka'ba
Pablo Beneito is currently Professor of the Translation and Interpretation Department in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Murcia. He has published editions and translations of several works of Ibn 'Arabi including Mashahid al-Asrar - Las contemplaciones de los misterios (with S. Hakim), which was translated into English as Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries together with Cecilia Twinch. He edited and translated into Spanish the Kashf al-ma’na - El secreto de los nombres de Dios, which has also appeared in French. In collaboration with Stephen Hirtenstein he edited and translated Ibn ʿArabi's Awrad al-usbu (Wird) - The Seven Days of the Heart. He is the editor of El Azufre Rojo (Red Sulfur: Journal of Studies on Ibn Arabi, which first appeared in 2014). He is a founder member and President of Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society-Latina (MIAS-Latina), established in 2011.


Jane Clark

Title: Ibn ‘Arabi Counsels His Own Soul:
Guidance and deception in the Rūḥ al-Quds

Jane Clark is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society, and has worked particularly on the Society's Archiving Project. She has been studying Ibn 'Arabi for more than thirty years, and is engaged in teaching courses and lecturing on his thought both in the UK and abroad, and in research and translation of the akbarian heritage. She is the Librarian of the Society's collection of printed works.

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Eric Winkel
Title: ‘One understands that a journey entails weariness and difficulty’: circularity, duality and compassion in the Footstool

Eric Winkel is working full-time on a translation of the entire al-Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah (The Openings Revealed in Makkah) based on the 2011 critical edition of Dr. Abd al-Aziz al-Mansoub, published in the Yemen. While at the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, in Malaysia, he combined his interest in mathematics and classical Islamic thought to explore the ‘new sciences’, finding ‘unlocking keys’ for some of the most obscure concepts in Ibn ‘Arabi’s work. Understanding, and translating, the Futūḥāt al-Makkīya

In 2019 the Pir Press published Volume 1 of the translation (Books 1 and 2). Chapter One of the Futūḥāt translation can be downloaded in pdf form from the Futuhat Project website


Saturday, October 26th

9.15 am Doors open.

9.30 am Registration begins

10.15 Welcome and Introduction

10.30 Jane Clark: Ibn ‘Arabi Counsels His Own Soul: Guidance and deception in the Rūh al-Quds

11.30 Coffee & Tea

12.00 Eric Winkel: 'One understands that a journey entails weariness and difficulty': circularity, duality and compassion in the Footstool

1.00 pm Lunch

2.30 pm Pablo Beneito: Qurrat al-’Ayn, the Maiden of the Ka’ba

3.30 Tea & Coffee

4.00 - 5.00 pm Workshops with speakers

5.15 pm Plenary

5.45 pm Finish until 5.45 pm

Sunday, October 27th

9.00 am Doors open - Wolfson College Buttery

9.30 am Eric Winkel Workshop: Crossing the bridge of Life

11.00 Coffee

11.30 am Workshop continues

1.00 Workshop ends and Symposium finishes

There may be changes to this programme. Updates will be posted here.

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Other events

Andalusia 2019

October 3rd - 17th, 2019

Anqa Publishing has announced that its next study tour of Andalusia will be taking place in October 2019.

The itinerary follows in the footsteps of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, starting in Murcia, Ibn 'Arabi's birthplace almost 850 years ago, with a 2-day seminar. It then crosses Andalusia visiting all the major centres of Islamic Spain, including Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Almeria, as well as less-known places where the breath of al-Andalus can still be felt and experienced. The tour concludes in Seville, the town where he spent most of his early adult life.

The tour is led by two senior research fellows of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society, Stephen Hirtenstein (author of The Unlimited Mercifier) and Jane Carroll (a graduate of the Architectural Association and specialist on Islamic geometry).

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