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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Futūḥāt Translation Project
15 April 2021
What is this image in the mirror? Where is her location? She is something negated / something affirmed, something existent / something non-existent, known / unknown. God brings out this truth for His creature by drawing a similitude (parable), in order for you to learn and to verify for yourself that since you are incapable of and confused about perceiving a truth of this which is a part of the world – and you do not acquire knowledge of its truth – then about its Creator you are even more incapable and more ignorant and more confused.
Book 4, Chapter 63 (p. 649-50)
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.
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).
April 10 to May 1, 2021
In 2021 the Society is planning three main online events. Each event will explore a different theme and will comprise four seminars run over consecutive Saturdays. The spring seminar series (beginning on April 10, 2021) is entitled ‘Word and Letter, Book and Speech’, and will feature talks by Dunja Rašić, Stephen Hirtenstein and Todd Lawson. The last seminar (on May 1) will be a panel discussion chaired by David Hornsby. More information
April 3, 2021
Prof Samer Akkach (Uni Adelaide, Australia) “Ibn Arabi’s Tomb and Spiritual Legacy in Damascus” 3rd April 2021, Saturday, 7-8 pm (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
Added to the Blog page, 5 March 2021
A translation into French of Kitâb al-’Isrâ by Ibn ‘Arabi, which describes his spiritual ascension (mi‘râj). The translation draws on the commentary of his companion, Ibn Sawdakîn.
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.