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Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab

Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab

We have learned of the death of Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab in Cairo on 31st January 2021. His books in Arabic brought the life and work of Ibn ‘Arabi within reach of a broad public.

From Chapter 52 of the Futūhāt

From Chapter 52 of the Futūhāt

Understanding the weakness of the human being – and lowliness, needfulness, the human being’s search for its survival, and the need for its Creator.

Sufism and the Perfect Human

Sufism and the Perfect Human

Fitzroy Morrissey’s book details how ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili expanded on this key subject in Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.

Michel Chodkiewicz – A Legacy

Michel Chodkiewicz – A Legacy

Michel Chodkiewicz contributed immensely to the knowledge of Ibn Arabi in our time. We publish here the opening of Denis Gril’s obituary from Volume 67 of the Society Journal.

Discovering Compassion

Discovering Compassion

James Morris puts in context a quotation from Ibn ‘Arabi on discovering and deepening Compassion.

The Horizons of Being

The Horizons of Being

The Metaphysics of Ibn al-ʿArabī in the Muqaddimat al-Qayṣarī, edited by Mukhtar H. Ali, has been published by Brill in Hardback and E-Book editions on 18 June 2020.

Reading Circles in MIAS Latina

Reading Circles in MIAS Latina

Pablo Beneito shares his experience of Círculos de Lectura Ibn Arabi (bn ‘Arabi Reading Circles) in MIAS Latina.

Keith Critchlow, 1933–2020

Keith Critchlow, 1933–2020

Professor Keith Critchlow, artist, inspirational teacher and groundbreaking geometer and architectural designer, died peacefully on 8th April 2020.

Young Writer Award 2019

We are delighted to announce that Hina Khalid, a student at the University of Cambridge, UK, is the winner of the 2019 MIAS Young Writer Award.

The judges have also mentioned Muhammad Faruque, a student at Fordham University, USA, who is given a special commendation, and Esmé Partridge, who is given a commendation.

There were nine entries this time from young scholars from all over the world, and we thank all of them for participating in the project. We would also like to thank Stefan Sperl, Éric Geoffroy and Cecilia Twinch for undertaking to judge the entries.

Hina Khalid is currently a student of Islamic and Indic philosophy, and her work has previously examined varying strands of Sufi thought in both their poetic and philosophical modalities. Her current research centres on the literary and lived traditions of Sufism in particular regions of India and the distinctive textures of Islamic practices as they have been shaped by indigenous cultural and religious forces therein. She is due to start a PhD at the University of Cambridge which will engage, on comparative registers, the philosophical and theological worldviews of two philosopher-poets of the Indian subcontinent, Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) and Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938). Hina’s academic pursuits in the field of comparative theology are met, on the ground, by an interest in and engagement with forums for interfaith dialogue and collaboration.

 

Winner

Hina Khalid: “A comparative exploration of the motif of negation as a process of spiritual attunement, with specific reference to the concept of Śūnyatā in Mahāyāna Buddhism and Fanāʾ in Sufism.”

Highly Commended

Muhammad Faruque: “Eternity Made Temporal: An Indian Sufi Theologian on Colonial Modernity and the Concept of the Perfect Human”

Commended

Esmé Partridge: “The Celestial ‘Polished Mirror’: The Theurgic Dimension of The Moon in The Writings of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi”

 

Submitted

Heba Youssry: “In search for Identity: Beyond Huwā and Heyā. Contemplating Akbarian Gender Reality in the #MeToo Era”

Muhammed Mehdi: “Miʿrāj al-kalima: The Ascent of ‘Annihilation’ in Chapter 220 of the Futūhāt

Bharatwaj Iyer: “‘That which Separates Them is what Unites Them’: Looking for Ibn ʿArabi in Allam Tabatabai’s Bidayat Hikma

Sezin Özdemir: “A Journey within the Treasures of Akbarī Tradition”

Fithri Dzakiyyah Hafizah: “Human and Nature within the Love Frame of Ibn ʿArabi: an alternative view in preventing climate change terrorism”

Maryam M. Rezayi: “The Concept of Time in Ibn al-ʿArabi and Parallel Reading Works with Heidegger”