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.
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Recently Added Quotation
Futūḥāt Translation Project
13 March 2023
Whoever places things in their proper places has given them what is due – and such a person is the determining ruler (ḥakīm) of one’s moment, because wisdom (ḥikmat) provides for placing everything in its proper place. And God is All-Knowing, Wisely Determining (al-nisāʾ 4:26).
Book 9, Chapter 71
15 March 2023
In all the world there is no word description that is praiseworthy absolutely (e.g. ‘truth-telling’ is not always praiseworthy), and there is no word description that is blameworthy absolutely.
Book 9, Chapter 71
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The Paths to God: A Journey through the Spiritual Experience of Ibn Arabi and His Writings
“The paths to God” is a phrase which carries within it a paradox because, firstly, it gives the reader the impression that God (praise be to Him) is far away, absent, or even the expectation that the seeker (salik) travels the path to arrive at the Holy Threshold. However, according to the scriptures, God (praise be to Him) is close to His servants – He is with them wherever they are. In truth, He is the Seeker in the one who reaches out to Him (praise be to Him), and He hastens towards the one who walks towards Him. This begs the question as to why the Sufi seeks a way to reach God (praise be to Him), all the while being certain that God is with him and close to him.
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Spiritual Realization (al-tahqiq) through Daily Awakening
This is a meditation on the meaning of al-tahqiq (verification or realisation) which is central to the writing of Ibn ‘Arabi, and drawing on the writings of Sufis before Ibn ‘Arabi, such as Junayd (d. 911 AD, the “Leader of the Sufis”, sayyid al-ta’ifa), and others after him, such as Shaykh al-‘Alawi. Junayd said, “I have achieved al-tahqiq by staying in the presence of God for thirty years under these stairs”, by which he meant the stairs of his house. The paper later published in the Journal of the Society can be found here.
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Looking forward in 2023
- Altaf Bhimji – Interdisciplinary Research Hub Forum, 6 May, 2023
- Grégory Vandamme – Online Seminar, 24 June, 2023
- Hany Ibrahim – Interdisciplinary Research Hub Forum, 5 August, 2023
- MIAS Italia Conference in Torino, 1 July, 2023
- MIAS USA Symposium Columbia University, New York, October 2023
18 February, 2023 | Lecture in Arabic
Ibn ʿArabī’s Cosmology
Professor Samer Akkach, of The University of Adelaide will deliver an online talk entitled “Reading Sufism with Reference to History of Science: Ibn ʿArabī’s Cosmology”
Society Journal, Volume 72
Volume 72 of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society is now available. It includes articles by Michel Chodkiewicz, Alison Roberts, Noah H. Taj, Dunja Rašić, and an interview by Hany Ibrahim and Mohammed Rustom.
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21 January, 2023 — 11 AM Morocco time
Monthly lectures in Arabic
Dr. Monzer Hayek will speak on 21 January 2023. on Ibn Arabi and the City of Damascus, and Samir Akkach on 18 February 2023, on Reading of Sufi Thought in the Context of the History of Science: Ibn Arabi’s Cosmology.
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Winner of first Translation Prize
Professor Matthew Melvin-Koushki is awarded the inaugural MIAS Translation Prize on a prose text by Ibn ‘Arabi.
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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 4 was published in 2022 and further volumes are expected in 2023.
1 October 2022
Creative encounters with Ibn ‘Arabi
A website is launched by MIAS Education featuring expressive individual responses to Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.
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