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The Symposium

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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Teachings of Ibn 'Arabi
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Ibn 'Arabi's guidance
in difficult times
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New York City
September 28
Oxford, UK
October 26-27
August 26-31

Suffering, Love and the Alchemy of Happiness:
Teachings of Ibn 'Arabi

New York Open Center, New York City, September 28, 2019, 10am–6pm

Registration open now

Society Members are eligible for a discount on the registration fee: Click here for registration. Students may apply for sponsorship from the Society for free attendance (limited numbers, discretion of the Society). Students can contact the Society at

James Morris

James Morris, PhD
Title: Beyond Belief: Ibn 'Arabi on the Perennial Challenges of Realization

James Morris, PhD, is Professor of Islamic Studies at Boston College has and has taught Islamic and religious studies at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Sorbonne. He is the author of Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabi’s ‘Meccan Illuminations’.

Angela Jaffrey

Angela Jaffray, PhD
Title: Better Living Through Alchemy – Some Secrets of Spiritual Medicine

Angela Jaffray is an independent scholar, specializing in the translation of and commentary on the short works of Ibn ‘Arabī. Her translation of Ibn ‘Arabī’s The Universal Tree and the Four Birds was published by Anqa Publications in 2007. Her most recent translation and commentary of Ibn ‘Arabī’s The Secrets of Voyaging was published by Anqa Publications in 2015.

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Oludamini Ogunnaike, PhD
Title: Love and Happiness, Suffering and Bewilderment: One of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s anti-systematic treatments of the human condition

Oludamini Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on African and African Diasporic Religions as well as Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Spirituality, and Art. He is currently working on a book entitled, Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions and maintains a digital archive of West African Sufi poetry.

About the Symposium

Mystic, philosopher, and renowned Sufi, Ibn ‘Arabi is known as one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. He teaches us that each person comes into the world with the potential for living in complete happiness, but instead we take on self-defeating beliefs and suffering. Our experiences of grief and loss, he teaches, can only be offset by how we integrate the power of love in our lives.

In this daylong event we will engage with the teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi on the meaning of happiness, suffering and love, and discover why these ideas and writings are as significant today as they have ever been. We will discover that Ibn ‘Arabi speaks directly to that interior aspect of ourselves which is already whole, loved and at peace and it is from this place that we come to understand and deal with the pain and difficulty of our lives. We will explore the way Ibn ‘Arabi speaks directly to our most sacred self, which is already whole, with messages that are still relevant today and can inspire change within us.

In the morning session, presenters will discuss these themes based on texts from Ibn ‘Arabi, providing a window into the extraordinary way he brings to life these profound issues. In the afternoon session, interactive workshops offer an opportunity to engage directly with the presenters and other attendees to understand the relevance of these teachings in our lives.

The conference is open to anyone with interest in these themes from whatever background, with or without prior knowledge of Ibn ‘Arabi.

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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

Registration open now

Registration on Eventbrite Early Booking rates are available until September 15th. Members will receive a membership discount code by email from the Society.

Pablo Beneito

Pablo Beneito

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

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.

Eric Winkel

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

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 to follow.

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.

Other events

Ibn ‘Arabī and His Interpreters

Studies in Sufism Summer School, Sarajevo, 2019

Sarajevo, August 26th - 31st, 2019

A week-long Studies in Sufism Summer School organized by the association Perennia Verba (Parma, Italy) will be hosted by the Faculty of Islamic Studies of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The working language of the Summer School will be English. Speakers include Pablo Beneito (University of Murcia, ES), Caner Dagli (College of the Holy Cross, USA), Demetrio Giordani (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT), Stephen Hirtenstein (Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK), Enes Karić (University of Sarajevo, BiH), Federico Salvaggio (University of Udine, IT), Paolo Urizzi (Perennia Verba Association, IT), and Ahmed Zildžić (University of Sarajevo, BiH).

Details of the programme and registration are in the flyer, which can be dowloaded by clicking on the image.

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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