“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, Ch. 372

Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi

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 Society

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.

Activities

» 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.

Society Membership

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.

 

Recently Added Quotation

Futūḥāt Translation Project

26 November 2021

Everyone who receives kashf (unveiling) will report based on what was given in kashf to one at that moment. The one with kashf will be informed at one moment about some matter in all its facets but will be informed about only some of its facets another time. God covers you from seeing whatever He pleases of the facets of this matter. So, with kashf you might make a ruling over the whole; the kashf is valid, but the mistake is in generalizing the ruling.

Book 6, Chapter 69 (p. 452)

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Featured Article

Cecilia Twinch

Created for Compassion

Ibn ‘Arabī’s work on Dhū-l-Nūn the Egyptian. Ibn ‘Arabī carefully collected the stories and sayings of Dhū-l-Nūn and the saintly people he met, and verified them through texts and through the oral tradition, meticulously recording the chains of transmission.

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Featured Podcast

William C. Chittick

The Anthropology of Compassion in Ibn Arabi’s Futuhat

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.

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Hina Khalid

“Embodying the In-Between: Comparative Reflections on the walī and the Bodhisattva”

What Ibn ‘Arabi says about fana’ and baqa’ is put beside the Buddhist notion of sunyata (emptiness). These two descriptions of ‘negation’, despite being rooted in very different traditions, can generate strikingly similar articulations of the spiritual life. Through the persons of the saint (walī) and the Bodhisattva (‘enlightenment-being’), true ‘knowing’ is understood, not as a closed philosophy, but as expression of spiritual and ethical harmony.

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September 2021

Translation Prize Competition

The Society has announced an MIAS Translation Prize competition. For this first competition, submissions For this first competition, submissions are invited for original translations of prose texts by Ibn ‘Arabi.Entries are due by 1 September 2022.

The Prize of US$ 3,000 is being sponsored by the Ibn ‘Arabi Societies in the UK and the USA, by MIAS AP (Asia Pacific), the Monash University Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI), and by private donors.

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Latest News

November 2021 – February 2022

“I fled from myself to Him”

The ‘Ocean 1′ course “I fled from myself to Him” is now full. It is possible somebody may drop out in the next week – so if you are still interested please put your name on the Waiting List through the link on the Eventbrite booking page. Alternatively there is another course on offer, “Embark therein: from Noah’s ark to Adam’s fall’, starting in February 2022.
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December 11th, Turin, Italy

Dante e Ibn ‘Arabi

A one-day Symposium with six papers in Italian will be held in Turin on December 11th under the title “Dante e Ibn ‘Arabi : mondi simbolici e metodi spirituali”. This will be the 3rd International Symposium organized by the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society – Latina (MIAS Latina) in Italy.

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Added to the Blog page, 1 July 2021

Critical Edition of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Diwān

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.

July 2021

Society Journal, Volume 69

Volume 68 of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society is now available. See the list of contents

June 2021

Futūḥāt Translation Project

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.

Social Media

The Society in the USA maintains a Facebook Page, and the Society in the UK maintains a Facebook Group. Both provide news about Society events, and the Facebook Group can be a good place to ask questions.

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Contact

The Society is administered from two centres: Oxford (UK) and Berkeley (USA). The Society in the UK is responsible for everywhere outside North America.

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