“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

1 June 2021

Knowledge of us is a root for our knowledge of Him. He (the Prophet) said, ‘Whoever recognizes one’s self, recognizes one’s Lord’ – so our being stands dependent on His Being, and the knowledge of Him stands dependent on the knowledge of us. Thus, He is a root in one perspective, and we are a root in another perspective.

Book 5, Chapter 67 (p. 49-50)

Quotations page of the Futūḥāt Translation Project

Featured Article

Michel Chodkiewicz

From the Risāla Qushayriyya to the Futūhāt Makkiyya

In the Rūh al-quds Ibn ‘Arabi tells how a book (the Risāla Qushayriyya) was handed to him by Yūsuf al-Qummī, who told him to read aloud: “I had never at that time seen the Risāla of al-Qushayrī, nor any similar work, and I was unaware of what the word tasawwuf signified.” In this paper Michel Chodkiewicz both shows how the structure of 115-chapter long second section of the Futūhāt Makkiyya, the fasl al-mu’āmalāt, is rigorously based on the Risāla Qushayriyya, and how is is anything but a simple recapitulation of that work.

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Featured Podcast

Mahmud Erol Kiliç

We Sucked Milk From Two Mothers

A talk delivered in New York in 2011 by Mahmud Erol Kiliç at the Symposium entitled “Ibn Arabi and Rumi: Teachings for the Modern World”. It is sub-titled “Ibn ‘Arabi and Rumi as co-founders of Ottoman Sufi Thought”.

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Featured Video

Luca Patrizi

Thus Spoke Adam: The Suryāniyya Language in Islamic Esotericism

There sometimes appear obscure references to a mysterious language, one which only a few great masters know and teach to a chosen few. It is known as suryāniyya, leading to a confusion between this and the historical Syriac language, both in old sources and contemporary studies. Esoteric suryāniyya is primordial (associated with Adam), and specifically linked to the language of the saints in Islamic esotericism. This talk explores references in the works of Ibn ʿArabī and other later masters, such as ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Shaʿrānī (d. 1565), and ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Dabbāgh (d. 1719).

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Latest News

June 5th to 26th, 2021

“Justice and Harmony in the Works of Ibn al-‘Arabī”

In 2021 the Society has planned three main online events. Each event will explore a different theme and will comprise four seminars run over consecutive Saturdays.  The summer seminar series (beginning on June 5th, 2021) is entitled ‘Al-Mīzān: Justice and Harmony in the Works of Ibn al-‘Arabī and the Akbarī Tradition’, and will feature talks by Hina Khalid, Imam Fode Drame and Yousef Casewit. The last seminar (on June 26th) will be a panel discussion chaired by Oludamini Ogunnaike. More information

June 5, 2021

The Spirit, the Heart, and the Intellect: A Sufi Perspective

The Next Online Seminar in the Hidden Treasure Series is by Dr Yousef Casewit, University of Chicago, USA. It is entitled “The Spirit, the Heart, and the Intellect: A Sufi Perspective”, and will be held on 5 June 2021, Saturday, 10-11am (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The seminar is open-to-public and free, but registration is required. The series is organised by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia. More information

July – September 2021

“With which eye do I see Him”

A ten-week online course with Dr Rim Feriani exploring the multi-layered meanings of the journey in Ibn Arabi’s teachings. We will read a selection of passages from Ibn Arabi’s The Secrets of Voyaging. Course calendar

Added to the Blog page, 21 May 2021

New translation of the Tarjumān al-Ashwāq

The Tarjumān al-Ashwāq, a collection of sixty-one love poems, is one of Ibn ‘Arabi’s best-known works.In The Translator of Desires, Michael Sells presents the first complete English translation of the Tarjumān since the groundbreaking translation by R.A. Nicholoson in 1911. It includes a facing-page critical text of the Arabic.

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

June 2021

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 3 appeared in June 2021.

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.

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