“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
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 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.
» 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.
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.
‘You shall not see Me!’ (lan tarānī). The divine reply to Moses’ request (arinī unzur ilayka) ‘Let me see, so that I can behold You’, Q. 7:143), seems final. From this emphatic starting point, Michel Chodkiewicz traces the findings of some great spirituals, and finally Ibn Arabi.
William C. Chittick
Those who can be classified as members of this tradition have usually been looked back upon as philosophers or Sufis. They held that the final goal of all Islamic learning – and, indeed, of all religion – is to awaken people to their own intellectual and spiritual nature, which is the divine image found in the heart.
The latest videos on the Society’s YouTube Channel are from the 2020 series of online talks, Ibn ‘Arabi and the Geometry of Reality.
Dr 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.
Pablo Beneito shares his experience of Círculos de Lectura Ibn Arabi in MIAS Latina on the website Blog.
Today, 3rd July, there have been five postings so far, a post about Sadr al Din Qunawi; a link to a film about Ibn Sab’in, another Andalusian; a question about a book by Maurice Gloton, Ibn ‘Arabi – De la mort à la résurrection.