“It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.”

Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372

Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi

Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi (1165–1240) was one of the world’s great spiritual teachers.

Ibn Arabi was born in Murcia in Arab al-Andalus, and his writings had an immense impact throughout the Islamic world and beyond. The universal ideas underlying his thought are of immediate relevance today.

The Society

The Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society (MIAS) was founded in 1977 to promote a greater understanding of the work of Ibn Arabi and his followers.

It is an international association with its headquarters in Oxford England and a branch in Berkeley California. The Society is funded by the annual subscriptions of its members. It collaborates with affiliated societies in Spain and Australia.

Activities

» Publications: The Society has published a Journal since 1982, which is now peer-reviewed and appears twice a year. It has published books, particularly a translation into English of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam. Its website provides over 200 articles, mainly from the Journal.

» Events: The Society has organised conferences in the UK and the USA since 1984. Podcasts and videos of more than 100 talks from Society events are available on this website.

» Historic manuscript project: Since 2002 the Society has been engaged in collecting copies of historic manuscripts of the works of Ibn Arabi.​ A version of the catalogue is available on this website.

Society Membership

If you are interested in Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, his work and his teachings, you are welcome to join the Society. Among other benefits, Members receive the Society Journal, have discounted entry to Society events, and free admission to live online talks.

 

Recently Added Quotation

Futūḥāt Translation Project

23 November 2020

God said that when you pray, He converses with you – He is Light; so God converses with you from the name Light, not from another name. So just as light negates all light-blocking, in the same way the prayer cuts off every preoccupation – which is different from the rest of the rituals: nothing universalizes a leaving-off of everything else as the prayer does.

Book 4, Chapter 47 (p. 434)

Quotations page of the Futūḥāt Translation Project

Featured Article

Ralph Austin

Aspects of Mystical Prayer in Ibn ‘Arabi’s Thought

The prayer rite is at one and the same time the most common and yet the most special of rites, everywhere known and public and yet the occasion of and opportunity for the profoundest communication with God. It is also unique in two other ways. Firstly, it is the only rite which God Himself may be said to perform, since He is said to salla ‘ala (pray over) the Prophet and us. Secondly, alone of all the rites it incorporates the essential spirit of the other four.

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Featured Podcast

Robert Darr

Waking to the Embrace: Applying Ibn Arabi’s Teachings on Embodiment

A talk delivered in Oxford in 2015 at the Symposium entitled “A Living Legacy –
Ibn ‘Arabi in Today’s World”.

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Featured Video

Alexander Knysh

Tasting, Drinking and Quenching Thirst: From Mystical Experience to Mystical Metaphysics 

The terms ‘tasting’ (dhawq), ‘drinking’ (shirb/shurb) and ‘quenching of thirst’ (riyy) are widely used in early Sufi writings to denote a special type of mystical perception of God and His creation. Originally referring primarily to the mystic’s psychological state (ḥāl), in later Sufi literature and oral teachings, and especially with Ibn al-ʿArabī, these concepts acquire metaphysical/cosmological connotations, and are construed as being shared by both God and His ‘gnostic’ servants (ʿārifūn bi-llāh). This change reflects the wider process of Sufism’s transformation from ascetic-mystical piety to a comprehensive philosophy with its own psychology, epistemology, cosmology and soteriology, which remain actual today.

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Latest News

December 2020 – January 2021

“With which eye do I see Him”

An online course with Dr Rim Feriani exploring Imagination in The Meccan Openings. More information

A draftsmans compass and a circle

December 5th, 2020

Round table discussion

The final session in the series of 15 online webinars under the title “Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality” will be a round table discussion of themes arising from the series, featuring speakers who delivered papers. It will take place on December 5th, 2020
More information

October 2020

IAI Australia online seminars

The recently established Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University is organising a series of online seminars on Ibn ʿArabi, entitled ‘The Hidden Treasure’. These seminars are open to the public, aiming to present an accessible introduction to Ibn ʿArabi, his teachings, and his relevance to the contemporary world. Talks take place on the first Saturday of each month. More information

October 2020

Online talks MIAS-Latina

Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, are presented by MIAS-Latina, underthe title International Ibn Arabi Reading Circle 2020. This this the second series. More information

November 2020

Society Journal, Volume 68

Volume 68 of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society is now available. See the list of contents

Added to the Blog page, October 2020

Sufism and the Perfect Human

Fitzroy Morrissey’s book details how ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili expanded on this key subject in Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.

June 2020

Futūḥāt Translation Project

Dr Eric Winkel is engaged in a translation into English of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah, from beginning to end. It is being published progressively by the Pir Press, and Volume 2 has just appeared.

Social Media

The Society in the USA maintains a Facebook Page, and the Society in the UK maintains a Facebook Group. Both provide news about Society events, and the Facebook Group can be a good place to ask questions.

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Contact

The Society is administered from two centres: Oxford (UK) and Berkeley (USA). The Society in the UK is responsible for everywhere outside North America.

Contact details here

 

Making a Donation

As a non-profit organisation, the Society welcomes donations of any size. Donations help underwrite the many activities of the Society.

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