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.
The Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society (MIAS) was founded in 1977 to promote a greater understanding of the work of Ibn Arabi and his followers.
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Recently Added Quotation
Futūḥāt Translation Project
22 September 2021
In my position, for everything I bring forth, I do not seek one word itself and not another among synonymous words which point to the same meaning, except for a particular meaning; and I do not add a single letter, except for a particular meaning. Therefore, there is not in my writing with regard to my intended meaning any embellishment, even if the observer so imagines. The mistake is with him about my intended meaning; it is not with me.
Book 6, Chapter 69 (p. 258-59)
21 September 2021
The faithful are the ones who are level-noon (even) in their fear and in their hope.
Book 6, Chapter 69 (p. 257)
God is the “Hidden Treasure” which longs to express itself and be known. God/Truth is Beauty and the property of beauty is to shine forth. He is Love whose nature is to give of itself. The divine theophanies are essentially the outpouring of His Beauty, His Perfection and His Love which are expressed in the immense theatre of the universe.
William C. Chittick
Ibn Arabi has commonly been called al-Shaykh al-Akbar, “the Greatest Teacher”, not least because he explained in unprecedented detail and at the highest level of discourse all the implications of the Islamic worldview. The result was a vast synthesis of the basic fields of learning, including Quran, Hadith, language, law, psychology, cosmology, theology, philosophy, and metaphysics. In delving into these subjects, he wanted to show how each can act as an aid in the actualization of true human nature. But what exactly is true human nature? This is what I am calling “anthropology” – the science of the anthropos – the explication of which lies at the heart of Ibn Arabi’s writings. A version of the talk later printed in the Society Journal is also available on this website.
The letter Wāw according to Ibn ‘Arabi, in poetry and prose. Stephen writes: In this talk we will explore some of the meanings of the final letter (in sound) of the Arabic alphabet, and how it symbolises notions of lastness and the Perfect Human. We will particularly focus on the remarkable letter-poem which Ibn ‘Arabi included in chapter 2 of the Futūḥāt, and his prose discussions of the Wāw.
October 28, 2021
This event will explore how Ibn ‘Arabi’s creative imagination crosses philosophical, poetic, linguistic and artistic borders, and how his ideas continue to inspire contemporary poetry, film, art and music. It will comprise short talks by Cecilia Twinch and Rim Feriani, poetry readings, a round-table discussion, and an opportunity for questions.
This Zoom seminar is jointly hosted by Language Acts and Worldmaking and the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society. It will take place on Thursday, 28th October 2021, from 17:00-19:45 BST (London time).
Added to the Blog page, 1 July 2021
A critical edition of the text of Ibn al-ʿArabī’s Diwān, produced by ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Sulṭān al-Manṣūb, has been published by Ninawa, Damascus, Syria, in five hardback volumes. The printed Diwāns available up till now have been reproductions of the “Bulaq edition” (1855), containing about 25% of the total.
The last online seminar in the Hidden Treasure Series, organised by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia, was delivered by Dr Eric Winkel, on Saturday 4 September 2021. After a break, the series will resume in 2022. More information
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 (comprising Books 5 and 6) has just been launched.