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2015 Annual Conference of the Ibn 'Arabi Society USA

A Living Legacy: Ibn 'Arabi in Today's World

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October 23-24, 2015

Columbia University, New York

For the 850th anniversary of the birth of Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the U.S. is pleased to announce a major conference on his legacy.

As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings can offer us a window into a form of Islam that we in the West are rarely exposed to, as well as a more sophisticated understanding of the more exalted aspects of the Islamic cultural heritage.

This conference will explore Ibn 'Arabi's legacy as a living reality with profound implications for the modern world.

This year's conference, the third in a series on the same theme after those held in Murcia, Spain and Oxford, England, includes talks and workshops from some of the foremost experts on Ibn 'Arabi, poetry readings from Ibn 'Arabi's works, and a musical performance.


The Ibn 'Arabi Society is pleased to partner this year with the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University.

Where & When: details

Note that there are separate venues for Friday and Saturday events.

Friday Night Keynote & Concert

Date: October 23, 2015, 6:45pm to 9:00pm (EST)
Venue: Presidential Rooms, Faculty House

Saturday Plenary & Workshops

Date: October 24, 2015, 9:00am to 6:00pm (EST)
Venue: Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

Check out directions, maps and local accommodation details


We pleased to host some of the most respected speakers and scholars in the field.

William Chittick William Chittick
Talk: Ibn 'Arabi: The Doorway into an Intellectual Tradition
Workshop: On knowledge and recognition
Jane Clark Jane Clark
Workshop: The Dignity of the Human Being
Zahra' Langhi Zahra' Langhi
Talk & Workshop: And My Mercy Encompasses All: Peace in light of Akbarian metaphysics of Compassion
Todd Lawson Todd Lawson
Talk: The Mark of Friendship and the Structure of Sanctity in the Teachings of Ibn 'Arabi
Workshop: Friends and Strangers
Pierre Lory Pierre Lory
Talk: Animal world and Perfect Man: Ibn 'Arabi and the metaphysics of ecology
Workshop: "And there is no creature on the earth or bird that flies with its wings except that they are communities like you"
James Morris James Morris
Talk & Workshop: Inspiration and Discernment: Ibn 'Arabi's Introduction to the Challenges of Spiritual Sensitivity and Judgment
Sa'diyya Shaikh Sa'diyya Shaikh
Talk: Intimate Echoes of Self: Gender And Sexuality in Ibn ‘Arabi’s Cosmology
Workshop: Integrations and Intimacies
Axel Takacs Axel Takacs
Workshop: "Nothing is worshipped except through passion": Ibn 'Arabi, Hafiz, and the Many Forms of Meaningful Love

Read all about our panel and details of their presentations


Eventbrite - A Living Legacy:  Ibn 'Arabi in Today's World

A check can also be mailed to the Society for registration. Further details, including Sponsorship, on the registration page.


For all inquiries, please send email to the Secretary at mias.usa@ibnarabisociety.org