Ibn ‘Arabi: al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, Ch. 372
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.
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Recently Added Quotation
Futūḥāt Translation Project
18 February 2021
He is nearer to all of you than the jugular vein.
Book 4, Chapter 54 (p. 538)
“One may observe that before Ibn ‘Arabi the interest of the Sufi was focused on acquisition through action, which explains their many writings on spiritual exertion and struggle… And if we follow the Sufi in his struggles, we see him train his soul, breaking it with hunger, wakefulness, silence and retreat, until he can advance in the stations without being a prisoner of nature, self or desire.” In this paper of wonderful clarity, Souad Hakim lets Ibn ‘Arabi show how, besides spiritual training, the treatment for these sicknesses of the heart is invocation; it is through invocation that the heart shines and becomes tender and its locks are opened.
A talk delivered in Oxford in 2012 at the Symposium entitled “Spiritual Realisation – Knowledge and Practice”. The text is also available here.
Cyrus Ali Zargar
Claims of mystical union have often been met with suspicion and criticism. Within an Islamic context, identifying a person’s actions with God’s has raised an important question: would such a person still be liable for his or her actions? Outside of a strictly Islamic context, a key question surrounding union has been one of objectivity, namely, the relationship between reality and perception. This talk addresses ways in which Ibn ʿArabī has addressed such ambiguities.
March 6, 2021
“Ibn ‘Arabi and the World of the Imagination”
Cecilia Twinch (Ibn Arabi Society, UK) will speak on “Ibn ‘Arabi and the World of the Imagination” on Saturday 6 March, 2021, 8-9pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). The seminar is open-to-public and free, but registration is required. This talk is part of the series of online seminars on Ibn ʿArabi, entitled “The Hidden Treasure”, organised by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia. More information
January – March 2021
“In each thing He has a sign”
A ten-week online course with Dr Rim Feriani introducing the multi-layered meanings in Ibn ‘Arabi’s spiritual teaching. More information
Added to the Blog page, 6 February 2020
We have learned of the death of Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab in Cairo on 31st January 2021. His books in Arabic brought the life and work of Ibn ‘Arabi within reach of a broad public.
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.