“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 represented by non-profit organisations in Oxford, England and 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.

Supporting the Society

For information about some of the Society’s planned developments over the next three years, and how it makes use of regular donations, one-off gifts and bequests, please see the page on supporting the Society.

Recently Added Quotation

Futūḥāt Translation Project

1 February 2024

The people are veiled from seeing the things as being from God.

Book 11, Chapter 73

8 February 2024

The True has reported in the authentic report, ‘God is the hearing of the creature and its seeing and its hand’.

Book 11, Chapter 73

9 February 2024

There is no more fine and nigh-invisible flowing of the True to the created beings, and the flowing of some of them to others. It is His word, We shall display Our signs in the horizons, and in your selves (fuṣṣilat 41:53). ‘Signs’ here are the indications that they are a site for the visible emergence of the True.

Book 11, Chapter 73

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Featured Article

William C Chittick

The Religion of Love Revisited”

“Ibn al-ʿArabī and Rūmī – not to mention countless other teachers, Muslim and non-Muslim – looked at human beings as works in progress. Many of them would have been happy to call the path of becoming fully human ‘the religion of love.’” This article reviews ‘the religion of love’ in Ibn ʿArabī and three other authors, and relates it finally to what Ibn ‘Arabi says about the “Station of No Station”.

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Featured Podcast

Éric Geoffroy

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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Latest News

16 March 2024

Lecture series in Arabic

On 16 March Dr. Hassan Semane from Morocco will speak on, “The Law of Symmetry and the Theory of the Unity of Time According to Muhyi Al-Din Ibn Al-Arabi.”

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February 19 to April 29, 2024

MIAS Education course: “If not for Him, and if not for us”

Exploring the multi-layered meanings of Ibn Arabi’s own ascension by focusing on his encounters with Adam and Jesus in the Fusus al Hikam.

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February & March 2024

MIAS Latina events

February 18, at 19 h. Spanish time, Federico Salvaggio will speak on Conoscenza delle lingue e realizzazione spirituale nel sufismo.

March 17, at 19 h. Spanish time, Cecilia Twinch will speak on Más allá de las estaciones: el ave que bebe del océano.

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Some MIAS online events

Looking forward in 2024

  • Stephen Hirtenstein – April 13, 2024
  • Angela Jaffray –  June 22, 2024

More information to come

31 December 2023

Young Writer Award

The Young Writer competition for 2023 has a prize of US$ 1,500 for an essay by an author under the age of 36. The entries received are now with the judges.

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Expected out January 2024

Society Journal, Volume 74

Volume 74 of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society is expected out in January. It includes articles by Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein, Mukhtar H. Ali, Faris Abdel-hadi, Tareq Moqbel.

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December 2023

The Futuhat Foundation

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.
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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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Making a Donation

As a non-profit organisation, the Society welcomes donations of any size. Donations help underwrite the many activities of the Society.

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