“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.
A talk introducing Angela Jaffray’s English translation of Ibn Arabi’s Kitāb al-Isfār, The Secrets of Voyaging. “These voyages are only bridges […] that are placed for us upon which to ‘cross over’ to our essences and the states that are specific to us.”
Online series of talks
A series of talks paying tribute to the work of Michel Chodkiewicz and Keith Critchlow. The first was delivered by Stephen Hirtenstein on May 9, entitled The Circle and the Compass.
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. We are delighted to host Project news, downloadable chapters, and selected quotations on this site.