Contributors, Authors and Speakers
The following authors and speakers have contributed to our publications and symposia over the years.
Click on a name to find the links to their individual contributions.
Claude Addas studied Oriental Languages and has a degree in Arabic and Persian. She is the author of Quest for the Red Sulphur: the Life of Ibn Arabi, which has been translated into several languages, and Ibn ʻArabī, the voyage of no return. Her most recent publication is La Maison muhammadienne. Aperçus de la devotion au Prophète en mystique musulmane (Paris: Galimard, 2015).
Articles by Claude Addas
Dr Samer Akkach is Associate Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
He was born and educated in Damascus before moving to Australia to complete his PhD at Sydney University. As an intellectual historian, Samer has devoted over twenty years to the study of Ibn 'Arabi’s mystical thought and intellectual legacy, and especially to their later revival by Abd al-Ghana al-Nabulusi.
His book Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: an Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas (SUNY 2005), traces the influence of Ibn 'Arabi’s thought on the spatial sensibility of premodern Muslim architects. His further titles Abd al-Ghan al-Nabulusi: Islam and the Enlightenment (Oneworld 2007) and Letters of a Sufi Scholar: The Correspondence of Abd al-Ghana al-Nabulusi (Brill 2010) examine the intellectual contributions of this influential and prolific Sufi master who considered Ibn 'Arabi to be his spiritual master and source of inspiration.
Podcasts by Samer Akkach
Bakri Aladdin originates from Damascus; he studied under Henry Corbin in Paris and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the life, works and doctrine of al-Nabulusi, who has been the subject of his three main published works. He has since researched and taught on subjects related to tasawwuf ans Islamic Studies in France and Syria. As well as being the author of many journal articles and books, in 2004 he edited with Souad Hakim a commentary on a book by Ibn Arabi, the Sharh a-Mashahid al-Qudsiyya.
Articles by Bakri Aladdin
Hamid Algar is Professor Emeritus of Persian studies at the Faculty of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He began his studies of Arabic, Persian and Islamic Civilzation at Cambridge in 1959. After graduating, he spent a lengthy and fruitful period of travel in Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan before returning to Cambridge in 1963 and completing his doctorate there two years later. He has been teaching in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley, since 1965, providing a wide range of instruction in the fields of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish literature and offering lecture courses on various aspects of Islamic religion and culture. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tehran.
His research interests center on Shi’ism in Iran and Sufism in the Persian and Persian-influenced world, with particular emphasis on the Naqshbandi order. His copious writings have been published in an array of languages additional to English, such as French, German, Russian, Italian, Bosnian, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and Malay/Indonesian.
Articles by Hamid Algar
Ian Almond is a literary scholar and writer. He is Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
His specializations consist of Post-colonial theory, South Asian literature, representations of Islam and world literature. He is particularly known for his works on Islam. He is the author of five books, which have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Korean, Indonesian and Bosnian.
Podcasts by Ian Almond
Elias Amidon is the spiritual director of the Sufi Way International, a western Sufi Order in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan. He has worked as an architect and urban planning consultant. For a number of years he worked with indigenous tribes in northern Thailand and Burma on land rights issues, and has led citizen-to-citizen delegations to Burma, Thailand, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine. He is currently a director of the Abraham Path Initiative. He is co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers and Prayers for a Thousand Years.
Podcasts by Elias Amidon
Wahid Amin is an intellectual historian specializing in medieval Arabic and Islamic thought. Having previously obtained a BSc. (Hons) degree in Physics (with a minor in Philosophy) from Imperial College, London, he obtained a first-class BA (Hons) degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham. He completed his postgraduate studies (MSt, DPhil) at the University of Oxford, obtaining his doctorate in 2016. He is currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Muslim Philosophical and Theological Thought at the Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham. His thesis Nasir al-Tusi and the Avicennan Tradition: Metaphysics and Mental Existence is currently being prepared for publication as a monograph. His other main areas of interest include Shia usul al-fiqh especially of the post- Ansarian period, and the influence of the monistic philosophy of Ibn Arabi and his school on Shia personalities from the thirteenth century on wards.
Podcasts by Wahid Amin
Dr. Ralph Austin taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Durham University and is well-known for his translations of Ibn Arabi, above all Sufis of Andalusia and The Bezels of Wisdom, which have been acknowledged as entry-points to the study of Ibn 'Arabi by many contemporary scholars.
Articles by Ralph Austin
Paul Ballanfat studied Philosophy and Islamic Studies as well as Arabic, Turkish and Persian. He currently teaches at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has concentrated on Sufism in Persian and Turkish culture, and is author of several books in French, including translations of Ruzbehan Baqli Shirazi’s The Spirits’ Procession, The Unveiling of Secrets and Najm al-din Kubra’s The Blossoming of Beauty and the Scents of Majesty. His most recent books are Messianisme et sainteté: les poèmes du mystique ottoman Niyazi Misri (Paris 2012) and Unité et spiritualité: le courant Hamzevi-Melami dans l’empire ottoman (Paris, 2013).
Articles by Paul Ballanfat
Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. In 1976, Poet Robert Bly introduced Barks to the work of Jalaluddin Rumi. Barks has since translated more than a dozen volumes of Rumi’s poetry, including The Illuminated Rumi (1997) and The Essential Rumi (1995), often in collaboration with Persian scholar John Moyne. His work has resulted in an enormous recognition of Rumi in the United States. In 2006 the University of Tehran awarded Barks an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contributions to the field of Rumi translation.
Podcasts by Coleman Barks
Dr Salman Bashier is an independent researcher who obtained his doctorate from the University of Utah. His PhD was published in 2004 under the title Ibn al-Arabi’s Barzakh: the Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World. He was formerly a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and a Polonsky Fellow. He is the author of several articles on Islamic mystical and philosophical thought in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. His book The Story of Islamic Philosophy: Ibn Tufayl, Ibn al-Arabi and Others on the Limit between Naturalism and Traditionalism was published in 2012, and his book (in Arabic) A Window On the Unseen: Between Ibn al-Arabi and Averroes, On Imagination, Conjunction, and Knowledge of the Self was published in December 2016.
Podcasts and Videos by Salman Bashier
Prof. Ben Amor specializes in Arabic language and linguistics, language and identity, Arab music, and music in Sufism. His research combines his interests in music, language and identity in the Arab world through the study of lyrics. His most recent papers are entitled “Language through Literature” and “The Making of Tradition: Standardization of the Lyrics of the Tunisian Andalusian Malouf.” He published a textbook on Tunisian Arabic in 1988 and a composition manual in 1990. Other papers he wrote include “States of Mind: Music in Islamic Sufi Rituals,” “The Politics of Language and the Formalization of the Iraqi Maqam” and “Code Switching in Algerian Rai Music”. Professor Ben Amor is also an active musician (vocalist, percussionist and oud player) and music producer.
Podcasts by Taoufiq Ben-Amor
Omar Benaissa est né en 1949 en Algérie et docteur en Etudes Iraniennes de l'Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1998). Il a rédigé sa thèse de doctorat sur Les premiers transmetteurs de l'enseignement d’Ibn Arabi en terre de langue persane, en étudiant les deux siècles suivant la mort d’Ibn Arabi. Il a par ailleurs publié des articles sur l'histoire des idées dans le monde musulman et participe à plusieurs colloques d’islamologie, en particulier sur le soufisme.
Articles by Omar Benaïssa
Pablo Beneito is currently Professor at the Department of Translation and Interpreting in the Faculty of Letters, University of Murcia, Spain.
He has been studying the works of Ibn Arabi since he chose to do his doctorate in Arabic philology at the Complutense University of Madrid, after which he spent nine years teaching at the University of Seville in the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hauts Etudes), in Kyoto University (ASAFAS) and in Toledo (Escuela de Traductores). As a specialist in Sufi thought, he has given courses throughout the world, and helped organise more than 14 international conferences. He heads MIAS Latina [/], an independent organisation affiliated to the Ibn Arabi Society, for speakers of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
He has edited and translated (into Spanish) Ibn Arabi’s Mashahid al-asrar and Kashf al-ma’na. He is currently working on several of Ibn Arabi’s shorter treatises, including Kitab al-Abadilah.
Together with Stephen Hirtenstein he translated The Seven Days of the Heart - Ibn ʿArabi's Awrad al-usbu (Wird), and togther with Cecilia Twinch, Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries - Mashahid al-asrar al-qudsiyya.
Articles by Pablo Beneito
The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi: Part 1, the Introduction; with Stephen Hirtenstein
The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi: Part 2, the Translation; with Stephen Hirtenstein
Podcasts and Videos by Pablo Beneito
Sebastian Brock is an authority in the field of Syriac language. He is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute and currently an Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. Sebastian Brock completed his BA degree at the University of Cambridge, and a D. Phil at Oxford. He is the recipient of a number of honorary doctorates and has been awarded the Medal of Saint Ephrem the Syrian by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. He is a widely published author on Syriac topics. His best known books are The Luminous Eye: The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian and The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life.
Podcasts by Sebastian Brock
Jane Carroll is a Senior Research Fellow of the Ibn Arabi Society and is Secretary of the Society in the US. She first studied the works of Ibn Arabi at the Beshara School in Scotland in the 1970s while concurrently studying at the Architectural Association in London with a specific interest in traditional geometry and Islamic architecture. She currently has a design practice in Ojai, California.
Articles by Jane Carroll
Podcasts by Jane Carroll
Aaron Cass has been an actor, musician, composer and co-founder of the Vastearth Orchestra, with whom he produced two albums issued by Beshara Publications. A Garden Amidst Flames is a recording of 31 extracts from four works by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and two followers. In Green Bird the musical content was extended, with some of the texts set as songs and some purely instrumental pieces.
Aaron studied Ibn Arabi and Rumi, amongst others, at the Beshara School in Scotland, where he was both a student and correlator.
Articles by Aaron Cass
Podcasts by Aaron Cass
Carlos Berbil Ceballos
Carlos Berbil Ceballos works as a translator and interpreter. He is Secretary of the cultural association Centro de Estudios Interculturales Al-Riquiti, based in Ricote, the birthplace of Ibn Sabin. His PhD at the University of Granada is focusing on the study and translation of several unpublished works attributed to Ibn Sabin.
Podcasts and Videos by Carlos Berbil Ceballos
William C. Chittick
William C. Chittick is a philosoper, writer, translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his work on Rumi and Ibn Arabi, and he has written extensively on the school of Ibn Arabi, Islamic philosophy and Islamic cosmology.
Born in Milford, Connecticut, Chittick finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and then went on to complete a PhD in Persian literature at University of Tehran under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in 1974. He taught comparative religion at Tehran’s Aryamehr Technical University and left Iran before the revolution. Chittick is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his academic contributions in 2014.
To pick out a few books from the 22 listed on his website, the following have been hugely important contributions to modern studies of Ibn 'Arabi: Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al-‛Arabī and the Problem of Religious Diversity (1994, translated into German, Indonesian, Persian, Spanish, Turkish); The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Metaphysics of Imagination (1989, translated into Persian, Turkish, and partially into Indonesian); The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Cosmology (1998); Ibn ‛Arabi: Heir to the Prophets (2005, translated into Albanian, Arabic, German, Persian, Turkish). The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (2009, with Sachiko Murata and Tu Weiming);
Articles by William C. Chittick
Podcasts by William C. Chittick
Michel Chodkiewicz (1929–2020) was a French author and a scholar of Sufism, especially of Akbarian teaching. He was Director General then President and CEO of Editions du Seuil from 1977 to 1989 and director of studies at the École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales, where he conducted seminars on Ibn 'Arabi.
Among his major books in translation are The Seal of the Saints: Prophethood and Sainthood in the Doctrine of Ibn Arabi (1986), Ibn Arabi: The Meccan Revelations (translation of selected chapters, 1988) and An Ocean Without Shore: Ibn Arabi, the Book, and the Law (1992).
Articles by Michel Chodkiewicz
Dot Clark is an experienced PersonCentred psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. Her study relates the Metaphysics of Unity of Ibn Arabi to psychotherapy.
Podcasts by Dot Clark
Jane Clark is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society and has worked particularly on the Society’s Archiving Project as well as looking after the library.
She has been studying Ibn Arabi for more than forty years, and is engaged in teaching courses and lecturing on his thought both in the UK (including Oxford University and Temenos Academy) and abroad (including Egypt, Australia and the USA), and in research and translation of the Akbarian heritage. She has a particular interest in the correlation of Ibn Arabi’s thought with contemporary issues. She organises the MIAS Young Writers Award.
Jane Clark was a co-founder of The Journal of Consciousness Studies and is currently editor of the Beshara Magazine [/]. She has presented many courses as part of the program of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. A list of the freely available resources created or selected by her as a tutor can be found here:
Articles by Jane Clark
Podcasts and Videos by Jane Clark
Peter Coates was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, where he taught courses in the philosophy of psychology. Since retiring he has, in the context of courses offered by the Beshara School, been involved, both in the UK and Australia, in residential courses for students of Ibn Arabi.
His book Ibn ʿArabi and Modern Thought - The history of taking metaphysics seriously was issued by Anqa Publishing.
Articles by Peter Coates
Podcasts by Peter Coates
Omer Colakoglu teaches English at a school in Istanbul, and continues to work as a translator between Turkish and English. He has translated 14 books (two of them into English, the others into Turkish), and hundreds of articles. He is part-way through an MA program in Fatih University’s School of Divinity.
Podcasts by Omer Colakoglu
Julian Cook holds a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has made a major contribution to the delivery and development of the online catalogue of Society's Archive Project, and developed unique methods for the comparison of manuscripts which have been the foundation for resolving longstanding editorial problems in the Diwan and other works of Ibn 'Arabi.
Articles by Julian Cook
Six Printed Editions of al-Futūḥāt al Makkīyah – A Brief Survey | with Claude Addas
The Great Dīwān and its offspring: The collection and dispersion of Ibn 'Arabī's poetry| with Stephen Hirtenstein
Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2000–2006, he was Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas. From 1991–2000, he taught at Duke University.
His published works include over twenty articles and three books, including The Way of Abu Madyan (Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996) and Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1998).
Voices of Islam (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger, 2007, 5 volumes) is a comprehensive introduction to Islamic religion, thought, life and civilization includes chapters by 50 Muslim authors, including many of the premier scholars of Islamic Studies.
Dr. Cornell’s interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from Sufism to theology and Islamic law. He lived and worked in Morocco for nearly six years and has spent considerable time both teaching and doing research in Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He is currently working on projects on Islamic ethics and moral theology in conjunction with the Shalom Hartmann Institute in Jerusalem and the Elijah Interfaith Institute. For several years, he has been a key participant the Building Bridges Seminars hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Articles by Vincent Cornell
Podcasts by Vincent Cornell
Dr. Ann Coxon has been associated with the Society for many years and was the Fellows’ Representative of the Ibn 'Arabi Society in 2005. She had an international childhood exposed to many religious faiths, and was educated in convent schools. She is a Consultant Physician and Neurologist in full time Medical Practice in London. She says she is “still looking for the relationship between Medicine and Healing”. As a child she realised that religion does not necessarily result in goodness, but that did not deter her from the search for a spiritual path. Ann describes herself as being an “unconventional Muslim” and believes “each person seeks and finds their own spiritual path.” The first time she went on Hajj she was one of the pilgrims from the UK being followed by television.
Podcasts by Ann Coxon
Caner Dagli is currently an associate professor in the Religious Studies department at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA. He specializes in Qur'anic studies, interfaith dialogue, and philosophy.
Born in the United States, Dagli is of Ciracassian descent and has done fieldwork in Turkey. He also spent a year working as special advisor for interfaith affairs to the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan from 2006 to 2007. Among his works are the HarperCollins Study Quran (2015, edited with Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Maria Massi Dakake, Joseph E.B. Lumbard, and Mohammed Rustom) and The Ringstones of Wisdom (2004), a translation of Ibn 'Arabi's Fusus al-hikam .
Articles by Caner Dagli
Podcasts by Caner Dagli
Maria Dakake researches and publishes on Islamic intellectual history, Quranic studies, Shi`ite and Sufi traditions, and women's spirituality and religious experience. She contributed to a major collaborative project to produce the first HarperCollins Study Quran, which comprises a verse-by-verse commentary on the Quranic text (2015). She is also currently working with Daniel Madigan on a co-edited volume, The Routledge Companion to the Qur'an, due to be published in 2021, and is working independently on a monograph on the concept of religion as a universal phenomenon in the Quran and Islamic intellectual tradition.
Podcasts and Videos by Maria Dakake
David Darling is an American cellist and composer. In 2010, he won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin and Spyro Gyra and has released several solo albums.
In 1986, Darling joined Young Audiences, an organisation that seeks to educate children about music and the arts through school programs. In the same year, he founded Music for People, which seeks to encourage self-expression through musical improvisation.
In May 2008, he became part of a collaboration of music teacher and performers offering a training program in holistic and intercultural approaches to healing with sound and music at the New York Open Center Sound and Music School.
Podcasts by David Darling
Robert Abdul Hayy Darr has been a student of the spiritual culture of Islam for 45 years. In the late 1960s, he studied North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in California. By the early 1980s, Darr began studying Persian literature where he first encountered the teachings of Ibn 'Arabi in the works of Abdurrahman Jami of Herat. This began a life-long interest in the Shaykh’s profound teachings. In 1987 Darr met Afghanistan’s poet laureate in exile Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, and this friendship led to his English translation of the poet’s quatrains in 1989. From 1988–2007, Darr was tutored in Persian miniature painting by Ustad Homayon Etemadi, Afghanistan’s last court painter and royal librarian. Darr was the disciple of the Afghan Sufi poet Raz Mohammed Zaray from 1992 until the poet’s death in 2010.
Podcasts and Videos by Robert Darr
Maria De Cillis
Maria De Cillis is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where she is also the Managing Editor of the Shiʿi Heritage Series.
Dr De Cillis completed her PhD studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in October 2010. Her PhD Thesis has been published with the title of Free Will and Predestination in Islamic Thought: Theoretical Compromises in the Works of Avicenna, al-Ghazali and Ibn Arabi (2014). De Cillis has co-edited Shiʿi Esotericism: Its Roots and Developments (2016) as well as writing a number of journal articles and encyclopaedia entries. She has taught on the Qurʾan at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and on medieval Islamic philosophy and speculative theology at and at Birkbeck College, University of London. She continues to lecture on Kalam and Falsafa at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Her research interests include Islamic metaphysics, Sufism, Shiʿi esotericism and Ismaili philosophy.
Podcasts and Videos by Maria De Cillis
Suleyman Derin teaches at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Marmara in Istanbul. He obtained a Ph.D. from Leeds University, with a thesis titled Towards Some Paradigms on the Sufi Conception of Love: from Rabia to Ibn al-Farid, including a chapter on Ibn Arabi. His most recent work was on the subject of Ibn Arabi’s approach to the verses of qisas (retaliation) titled The Tradition of Sulh among the Sufis with Special Reference to Ibn Arabi and Yunus Emre. He is currently teaching professions on Sufism history, orientalism, Sufi tafsir as a professor in Sufism.
Podcasts by Suleyman Derin
Niels Detert has been a long-time student of Ibn Arabi under the umbrella of the Beshara School. He works as a Consultant Neuropsychologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Since 2007 he has been involved in developing the application of mindfulness techniques to helping his patients and other people with long-term medical problems.
Podcasts by Niels Detert
Ahmed Eissawi, a noted, widely published Sufi poet and former Arabic language instructor at Ain Shams University in Cairo, is: on the faculty of the Foreign Languages Program at the U.N. (since 1991); an adjunct instructor in the Foreign Languages and Translation Department at NYU; founder and director of the Arabic Language Institute in NY; and a major figure in Arab-American culture and print and televised media.
Podcasts by Ahmed Eissawi
Gerald T. Elmore, received his Ph.D. in Arabic-Islamic Studies at Yale University. Islamic Sainthood in the Fullness of Time: Ibn al-'Arabi's Book of the Fabulous Gryphon, his meticulous translation of the 'Anqā' mughrib, was published by Brill in 1998.
Articles by Gerald Elmore
Carl W. Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. His published research, based on the study of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, has been mainly devoted to the study of Islam and Sufism. His book Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (UNC Press, 2003) has received several international awards, including the Bashrahil Prize for Outstanding Cultural Achievement (Cairo, 2004), and another of his books has been awarded the Farabi International Award in the Humanities and Islamic Studies by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology (2008).
He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-editor of Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). His publications include Sufi Martyrs of Love: Chishti Sufism in South Asia and Beyond (co-authored with Bruce Lawrence, 2002), Teachings of Sufism (1999), a translation of The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master by Ruzbihan Baqli (1997), Guide to Sufism (1997), Ruzbihan Baqli: Mystical Experience and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism (1996), Eternal Garden: Mysticism, History, and Politics at a South Asian Sufi Center (1993) and Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985). He is a co-editor of the “Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks” series at the University of North Carolina Press.
Articles by Carl Ernst
Podcasts by Carl Ernst
Jaume Flaquer, a Jesuit, is coordinator of the Theological Area of Cristianismei Justícia and professor in the Theology Faculty of Catalunya. He has a degree in Philosophy from the Universitat de Barcelona, a degree in Theology from the Centre Sèvres of Paris, and a PhD in Islamic Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Sorbonne with a thesis on the Sufi master Ibn Arabi.
Articles by Jaume Flaquer
Podcasts by Jaume Flaquer
Éric Geoffroy is a French philosopher, islamologist, writer and scholar in the Sufi studies teaching at the University of Strasbourg, and in other centers (including the Catholic University of Louvain}. He is a member of the Arab Academy in Cairo. A specialist in Sufism, he also works on the challenges of spirituality in the contemporary world (globalization, ecology). He is president of the international foundation "Conscience soufie" – conscientiencesoufie.com. He is a member of several international research groups, such as Kalam, Research & Media (KRM), and acts as scientific and editorial advisor on Islam (Fondapol , Les cahiers de l'Islam , Religions-Adyan …). His numerous publications in French and in translation are listed on his website:
Articles by Éric Geoffroy
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Dr. Maurice Gloton (1926–2017) was a well known translator of Islamic spiritual works, including the Quran. His innovative translation of the latter focuses on the grammar and syntax of Arabic to bring out the deeper meaning of the book. For several decades, he devoted himself to spreading awareness of Islamic spirituality, notably through translations of works by great figures of Sufism and theologians, and through lectures and television broadcasts.
Articles by Maurice Gloton
Alan Godlas is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia. He teaches courses on Islam, Quranic & Hadith Studies, Arabic, Persian and Sufism.
Articles by Alan Godlas
Denis Gril is a scholar, translator, and writer who teaches Arabic and Islamic studies at the Université de Provence in France, where he has been since 1981. He has devoted himself to the study of the work of Ibn Arabi, but also to the study of sainthood within Islam. His other research interests include Islamic spirituality and its scriptural foundations. His published works include translations (along with commentaries) of works by Ibn Arabi: Le Livre de l’Arbre et des quatre oiseaux and Le dévoilement des effets du voyage. Gril has also translated and published La Risala de Safi al-Din Ibn Abi l-Mansur Ibn Zafir: Biographies des maîtres spirituels connus par un cheikh égyptien du viie/xiiie siècle.
Articles by Denis Gril
Podcasts by Denis Gril
Souad Hakim has taught Philosophy at the Lebanese University of Beirut, and Islamic thought and Sufism at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. She is internationally recognised for her many studies and translations of the work of Ibn 'Arabi and she lectures worldwide.
Among her published works is al-Mu'jam al-sufi : al-hikmat fi hudud al-kalimat (Beirut, 1981), a unique concordance of Sufi terminology, illustrated with many passages from Ibn 'Arabi's works.
Articles by Souad Hakim
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila is a Finnish academic researcher, serving as a professor of the Arabic language and Islamic studies at the University of Edinburgh. Before that he was a professor at the University of Helsinki.
He has written many popular books on Islamic culture, history and poetry. Hämeen-Anttila also translated the Quran into Finnish in the year 1995 and the Epic of Gilgamesh in the year 2000. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Articles by Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila
Podcasts by Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila
Rabia Terri Harris
Rabia Terri Harris is an essayist, editor, peace activist, public intellectual, practicing chaplain, freelance theologian and translator. In 1994 she founded the Muslim Peace Fellowship, the first organisation specifically devoted to the theory and practice of authentically Islamic active nonviolence. Today she serves as Director of MPF and Resident Elder at Dar Anwar as-Salam, the Muslim component of the Community of Living Traditions, a tripartite Abrahamic residential peace community located in Stony Point, New York. She is also among the organizers of a new venture in Islamic pastoral care; the Muslim Chaplains Association. Rabia Terri Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in the field of Religion, a Master’s from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. She has spent fifteen years as a columnist and contributing editor at Fellowship, the magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Articles by Rabia Terri Harris
Stephen Hirtenstein has been editor of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society since its inception in 1982, and is a co-founder of Anqa Publishing [/].
He read History at King’s College, Cambridge, and then studied at the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education in Gloucestershire and Scotland. After a teaching career, he began writing and giving talks on Ibn Arabi’s thought at conferences across the world.
In addition to lecturing and writing, he organises and leads tours "in the footsteps of Ibn Arabi".
He currently works as a Senior Editor for the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and lives near Oxford.
Articles by Stephen Hirtenstein
Translations by Stephen Hirtenstein
Podcasts and Videos by Stephen Hirtenstein
Victoria Rowe Holbrook
Victoria Rowe Holbrook is an American scholar and translator of Turkish literature and language. She studied at Harvard and Princeton, obtaining a PhD from the latter in 1985. Her subject was Near Eastern Studies. She won numerous fellowships and research grants in her academic career. She was attached to Ohio State University from 1987 to 2005, also teaching at Bilkent University, Koç University, and Bosphorus University in Turkey.
She is best known today for her translation of Orhan Pamuk’s novel The White Castle, which won the inaugural Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Other translations include: Beauty And Love by Seyh Galip (2 vols.); East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey by Kader Konuk; The Other by Ece Vahapoglu; The New Cultural Climate in Turkey: Living in a Shop Window by Nurdan Gurbilek; Listen: Commentary on the Spiritual Couplets of Mevlana Rumi by Kenan Rifai. Her own book The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance won the Turkish Studies Association M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize.
(Source: Wikipedia 2020)
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Katia Holmes MA, MSc, Post-grad. Anthropology, spent three years lecturing at Paris University in the early 70s. A sabbatical at Samye Ling (Scotland) with Akong Rinpoche, one of the first Tibetan lamas in the West, led to a lifetime of study and practice of Buddhism. She has translated core Tibetan texts, interpreted for major Kagyu lineage masters and researched Tibetan medicine, besides translating professionally for French publishers. She is particularly interested in the issue of transposing concepts between cultures. Years of turning inwards and patient chiselling has made her appreciate the fragile power of words to evoke the ineffable.
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Emil Homerin is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature, and mysticism.
Homerin completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (1987), and has lived and worked in Egypt for a number of years. Among his many publications are From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint (2nd revised edition, Cairo: American University Press, 2001), his anthology of translations, Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verse & Saintly Life (Paulist Press, 2001), The Wine of Love and Life (Chicago, 2005) and several chapters on Islam in the volume The Religious Foundations of Western Civilization (Abingdon Press, 2006). His second book on Aisha al-Ba’uniyya, A Life in Praise of Love, was published in 2019.
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Dom Sylvester Houédard
Dom Sylvester Houédard (1924–1992) was an extraordinary British monk, scholar, translator and concrete poet. He was deeply committed to what has become known as “the wider ecumenism”, that is, finding common ground between the different spiritual traditions. As well as his grounding within his own Christian tradition, he had a profound understanding of both Islamic mysticism and Buddhism.
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Hany Ibrahim is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant at the University of Calgary. His teaching and research interests include Quranic exegesis, hadith, Sufism, Islamic art and architecture. His academic research is on Ibn Arabi and the metaphysics of love in The Meccan Openings. He obtained an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Lethbridge, and an M.Phil. in Islamic architecture from the London South Bank University. This Fall he is teaching a course on Islam at Mount Royal University, and is author of the book Hallaj: In the Ocean of Oneness.
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Angela Jaffray completed her BA at UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (1989) and her PhD at Harvard University in Medieval Islamic Philosophy (2000). Her dissertation focused on the introductory logical works of al-Farabi. Since finishing her PhD at Harvard, she has focused on the writings of Ibn Arabi, whose work she was introduced to many years ago at Beshara Swyre Farm. She has published a translation and commentary on Ibn Arabi’s The Universal Tree and the Four Birds (published by Anqa Publishing in 2007) and translated Ibn Arabi’s Kitab al-isfar an nataij al-asfar (The Secrets of Voyaging, Anqa Publishing, 2015). Her translations of Garcia Lorca’s “Sonetos del Amor Oscuro” were published in Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002).
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Bahram Jassemi was born in Iran. He obtained his doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of
Tehran. He emigrated to Germany in 1980, where he published many poems and articles on
Persian literature, and later on mysticism. His play in German called “Werden” (Becoming) was published in 2002, and 2003 saw the publication of the first volume in a series on Sufism, Der Weg Der Liebe - Sufismus, Die Mystik Des Islam. In 2008 he was co-author of New Humanism: On the Path to a Humane Social System with Dr Mohammed Djassemi. The book was also published in German.
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Ghasem Kakaie teaches at Shiraz University in Iran. His research interests include Islamic mysticism, comparative mysticism, Islamic philosophy and theology, and comparative theology. His book The Unity of Being According to Ibn al-Arabi and Meister Eckhart won a significant literary prize when it appeared in Iran in 2002, where it has been republished twice. Among his other publications is a translation into Persian of Imaginal Worlds by William Chittick.
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Ibrahim Kalin received his Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington DC.
His book on Mulla Sadra’s theory of knowledge, entitled Knowledge in Later Islamic Philosophy: Mulla Sadra on the Unification of the Intellect and the Intelligible, appeared in 2010.
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Fatemeh Keshavarz, an Iranian academic, writer and literary figure, is Professor of Persian Language and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her publications include Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran, Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetics of Sacred Making in Twentieth Century Iran, and Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi.
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Atif Khalil is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge’s Department of Religious Studies where he teaches courses on Islamic theology, mysticism, art and world religions. His main area of research lies in Sufi thought, particularly in moral psychology and virtue ethics, with secondary interests in comparative mysticism, inter-religious relations and medieval philosophy. His articles have appeared in Studies in Religion, the Journal of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations, Sacred Web, the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Philosophy East and West, and The Muslim World. He is the author of Repentance and the Return to God in Early Sufism (SUNY, 2018 and In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought by W. Chittick (co-editor). In 2016, he was the Ken‘an Rifai Distinguished Professorship of Islamic Studies at the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University in China.
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Pasha M. Kahn
Pasha Khan is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He works on South Asian literatures, including literature in Urdu-Hindi, Persian, Punjabi and Arabic. He received his PhD at Columbia University, where he held fellowships from the SSHRC and the ACLS. His dissertation, completed in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Frances Pritchett, was entitled “The Broken Spell: The Romance Genre in Late Mughal India” and dealt with romances (dastans/qissahs) and storytelling (dastangoi), mainly in Urdu and Persian. As holder of the Chair in Urdu Language and Culture at McGill University, he is responsible for teaching Urdu language courses, and performing research in the history and literature of the Urdu-speaking peoples of South Asia, and other areas, including Canada.
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Alexander Knysh is professor of Islamic Studies and former chair (1998–2004) of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Institute for Oriental Studies (Leningrad Branch) of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1986. Since 1991 he has lived and worked in the United States of America and England. His research interests include Islamic mysticism and Islamic theological thought in historical perspective as well as Islam and Islamic movements in local contexts (especially Yemen and the Northern Caucasus). He has numerous publications on these subjects, including Ibn 'Arabi in the Later Islamic Tradition: The Making of a Polemical Image in Medieval Islam (1998). A large number of papers and valuable book reviews can be found on: https://umich.academia.edu/AlexanderKnysh [/]
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Mahmud Erol Kilic
Mahmud Erol Kilic, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of Istanbul, did postgraduate studies and taught at the Department of Islamic Philosophy at Marmara University where he published his M.A. thesis Hermes and Hermetic Sciences According to Muslim Thinkers and completed his Ph.D. thesis Ibn Arabi’s Ontology (2010). Professor Kilic has contributed many articles to journals and encyclopedias and attended many international conferences on Sufism and inter-religious dialogues. His recent book, Sufi and Poetry: Poetics of Ottoman Sufi Poetry, was chosen as the book of the year by the Association of Turkish Writers. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society in Oxford.
Together with Dr. Abdurrahim Alkış Dr Kilic published Muhyiddin İbn Arabi, Fusûsu’l-hikem, Tahkik ve Tıpkıbasım in 2016 (Litera Yay., İstanbul), a critical edition of the Fusus al-Hikam, based on the manuscript copied by Saduddin Qunawi, which is the oldest known manuscript of the Fusus, including a sama' by Ibn 'Arabi. The book also has a facsimile copy of that manuscript.
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Prof. Dr. Hülya Küçük graduated from Atatürk University Faculty of Theology (Erzurum) in 1983. In 2001, she completed her doctorate at Leiden University, Department of Turcology. Today, she is a professor at the Faculty of Theology (Konya). She has researched the history of Sufism, and Turkish history between 1918–1930.
Her publications include The Roles of the Bektashis in Turkey’s National Struggle, (Leiden, 2002: Brill); Bektashis in the War of Independence, (Istanbul, 2003: Book); Sultan Veled and Maarif, (Istanbul, 2005: Konya Metropolitan Municipality); Introduction to the History of Sufism Outlined, Revised and Expanded 4th edition (Istanbul, 2015: Ensar); Introduction to Sufism, 2nd Edition (Istanbul, 2015: Ensar / DEM); The Extended Path from Ibn al-Arabi to Women Parents (Istanbul: Nefes, 2016) and Sufism and Medicine. She is the author of many books and articles in Turkey and abroad.
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Zahra’ Langhi is a researcher in Islamic history, Sufism, metaphysics, and female spirituality in comparative religions. She has an MA from the American University in Cairo on Sitt Ajam’s Commentary of Ibn Arabi’s Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries and the Rising of the Divine Lights. She is also the co-founder of of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace, a socio-political movement which aims at peace building, inclusivity and gender equality. Her MA thesis Sitt Ajam, A Muslim Woman Gnostic of the Middle Ages, is to be published by Fons Vitae.
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Todd Lawson is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. He has published widely on Quran commentary (tafsir), the Quran as literature, Sufism, Shi’i Islam and the Babi and Bahai traditions. His book Jesus in Islamic thought, The Crucifixion and the Quran was published in 2009 (Oneworld), his Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam in 2011 (Routledge). This and other of his publications are listed at www.toddlawson.ca [/].
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Gracia López Anguita
Gracia López Anguita obtained her degree in Arabic Philosophy at the University of Cordoba. In 2005 she joined the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Seville, where she is currently Assistant Professor. Among other publications, her book Ibn `Arabi y su época was published in 2018.
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Pierre Lory pursued his studies in political science and in Arabic literature in Paris. He moved to the Middle East, where he lived in Lebanon and Syria while completing advanced coursework in Arabic. He decided to focus his research on the history of Islamic spirituality and Sufism. He earned a Masters on mystical exegesis in the Koran, and a PhD on Arabic alchemical texts (1981). He then pursued further post-graduate work in Islamic Studies, receiving a "Doctorat d’état". He became Professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in 1991. His participation in international conferences, panels, and research groups frequently takes him to the Middle East, North Africa, Iran… He was also director of the department of Arabic studies at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, in Damascus, from 2007 to 2011. He has published several books and many articles on Sufism, Arabic alchemy, Islamic esotericism.
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Olga Louchakova-Schwartz gained her Ph.D. at the Pavlov Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg. She taught for 25 years (1975-2013) at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University, Palo Alto, California. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Spirituality and Phenomenology of Religion at the Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, California. Her numerous publications cover a broad range of topics including autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, psychosomatic mysticism and non-dual consciousness.
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Denis E. McAuley
Denis McCauley gained his DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in 2008. His doctoral thesis was published by Oxford University Press as Ibn `Arabī's Mystical Poetics (2012).
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Samir Mahmoud received his doctorate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Lebanese Amrican University.
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Dr Husam al-Malik is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in Islamic Studies at SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies), London.
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Zachary Markwith has been a doctoral student and instructor at the Graduate Theological Union specializing in early Islamic spirituality and comparative religious studies. He earned an M.A. (cum laude) in Hinduism and Islam at the George Washington University and a B.A. in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also worked as a research assistant for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the International Peace Project on subjects that include Islamophobia, non-violence, and interfaith dialogue. He is the author of One God, Many Prophets: the Universal Wisdom of Islam (Sophia Perennis, 2013).
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John Mercer is an actor and writer, and formerly the Secretary of the Ibn Arabi Society in the USA, and a founding member.
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James Winston Morris
James W. Morris (Boston College) has taught and published widely on Islamic and religious studies over the past 40 years at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in Paris and London, serving recently as visiting professor in Istanbul, Paris, and Jogjakarta. He has lived and studied in regions from Morocco to Indonesia, and he lectures and leads workshops in many countries on Islamic philosophy and theology, Sufism, the Islamic humanities (poetry, music, and visual arts), the Quran and hadith, and esoteric Shiism. Recently he has led interfaith study-abroad programs centering on sacred sites, pilgrimage, sainthood, and related arts and architecture in Turkey and France.
His publications include: Openings:From the Qur’an to the Islamic Humanities (forthcoming); Approaching Ibn ‘Arabi : Foundations, Contexts, Interpretations (forthcoming); Ma‘rifat ar-Rūh in Nur Ali Elahi's Knowing the Spirit (2007), and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabī’s "Meccan Illuminations"(2005).
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Ibn ‘Arabi and his Interpreters I – Four overviews, description of the following:
Ibn Arabi and His Interpreters — Grouping I:
Theophany or “Pantheism” – The Importance of Balyani’s Risalat al-Ahadiya
The Continuing Relevance of Qaysari’s Thought: Divine Imagination and the Foundation of Natural Spirituality
Review: La destinée de l’homme selon Avicenne: Le retour à Dieu (maad) et l’imagination by Jean Michot
Review: Kitab al-inbah ‘ala Tariq Allah de ‘Abdallah Badr al-Habashi
Review: La Risala de Safi al-Din ibn Abi l-Mansur ibn Zafir
Review: Manjhan, Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance
Review: Mirror of the Intellect: Essays on Traditional Science and Sacred Art
An Arab “Machiavelli”? – Rhetoric, Philosophy and Politics in Ibn Khaldun’s Critique of “Sufism”
Review: Islamic Mysticism Contested: Thirteen Centuries of Controversies and Polemics
Review: Ibn Arabi and the Later Islamic Tradition: The Making of a Polemical Image in Medieval Islam
Review: Theodicy in Islamic Thought: The Dispute over al-Ghazali’s “Best of All Possible Worlds”
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Kazuyo Murata holds a PhD in Islamic Studies with a joint MPhil in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She has broad academic training in the study of religion, philosophy, medieval intellectual history, and Arabic and Persian literature. Her publications include Beauty in Sufism - The Teachings of Ruzbihan Baqli (SUNY, 2017)
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Sachiko Murata is a professor of religion and Asian studies at Stony Brook University. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She received her B.A. from Chiba University, Japan, and later attended Iran’s University of Tehran, where she was the first woman ever to study fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at that school. She received her Ph.D. in Persian literature, but shortly before completing her Ph.D. in fiqh, the Iranian Revolution caused her and her husband William Chittick to leave the country. Since 1983 she has taught at State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has been the director of Japanese Studies since its founding in 1990 and regularly teaches Introduction to Japanese Studies, Japanese Buddhism, Feminine Spirituality in World Religions, and Islam and Confucianism.
Her publications include The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (2009), The Vision of Islam (with William Chittick, 2006), Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light (with William Chittick and Tu Wei-ming, 2000), and The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought (1992).
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Kautsar Azhari Noer
Kautsar Azhari Noer is Professor at the Department of Comparative Religion, Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University in Jakarta.
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Martin Notcutt came to the UK from South Africa in the 1970s. He was a student at the Beshara School in Scotland, where he was introduced to the works of Ibn ‘Arabi, and has been a member of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society since it was founded in 1977.
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Oludamini Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on African and African Diasporic Religions as well as Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Spirituality, and Art. He holds a PhD in African Studies and the Study of Religion from Harvard University, and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Dr Ogunnaike's research examines the philosophical dimensions of postcolonial, colonial, and pre-colonial Islamic and indigenous religious traditions of West and North Africa, especially Sufism and Ifa. He is currently working on a book entitled Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions and maintains a digital archive of West African Sufi poetry.
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George Pattison is Professor of Theology & Modern European Thought at the University of Glasgow, and was previously Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford. His most recent publications are The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought: Being, Nothingness, Love. (2019, with K. Kirkpatrick), and A Phenomenology of the Devout Life: a Philosophy of Christian Life, Part I.(2018).
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Dr. Shahram Pazouki is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Head of the Department of Religious and Sufi Studies at the Iranian Academy of Philosophy in Tehran, Iran. He received his Doctorate at the University of Tehran. Shahram Pazouki’s publications include: The Sufi Path, An Introduction to the Ni‘matullahi Sultan Alishahi Order (Tehran: 2002) and Mysticism and Art in the Modern Age (Tehran: 2014). He has contributed to many other works. He is the Editor in Chief of Sophia Perennis, a journal of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy, with an online presence.
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Bernd Rudolf Radtke is a German orientalist and Islamic scholar. After studying at the University of Hamburg (1964–1966), he moved to the University of Basel (1966–1974), where he did his doctorate on the Islamic theosophist Al-Hakim at-Tirmidhi from the 9th century. Later he was a professor at the University of Bergen and taught at the University Utrecht. One of his main areas of work is Islamic mysticism.
His publications include The Concept of Sainthood in Early Islamic Mysticism: Two Works by Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (1996) and Islamic Mysticism Contested: Thirteen Centuries of Controversies and Polemics (1999). New Critical Essays: On the Present State and Future Tasks of the Study of Sufism (2005) includes a translation of Ibn 'Arabî's Risalat al-Anwâr.
An article by Bernd Radkte entitled "The Ascent to God and the Return from Him in Islamic Mysticism", which is an analysis of the Risalat al-Anwâr, can be downloaded here: https://iphras.ru/uplfile/smirnov/ishraq/3/8radtke.pdf [/]
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Yafiah Katherine Randall
Yafiah Katherine Randall is a post-doctoral scholar in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Winchester. Her thesis investigated Sufism among Israeli Jews and Muslims in Israel and its potential contribution to reconciliation and conflict transformation.
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Bulent Rauf (1911-1987) was born in Istanbul in 1911. He was the grandson of Ismail Pasha, Vice-regent of Egypt, the family having close connections to the Ottoman imperial house. He was educated first at home, where he had a classical Ottoman education, reading Turkish, Arabic and Persian as well as three European languages, and then continued his studies at Roberts College. He attended Cornell and Yale Universities in he USA.
Bulent Rauf devoted many years of his life to the establishing of a body of knowledge based on an understanding of the absolute unity of existence. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Beshara [/] School of Intensive Esoteric Education at the Chisholme Institute [/] in the Scottish Borders. He was first President of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society.
His chief literary work was the complete rendering into English of Ibn Arabi’s Fusus al-hikam (“Settings of Wisdom”), incorporating the Turkish commentary attributed to Ismail Hakki Bursevi. He also translated into English (from Turkish), Kernel of the Kernel, by Ismail Hakki Bursevi (1981), and from French, Mystical Astrology According to Ibn 'Arabi by Titus Burckhardt (1977).
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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was born in 1952 in Kham, East Tibet. From 1957 to 1959 he fled from Tibet with his family before the Chinese Communist occupation. Since then he has lived in Sikkim, India. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. He is deeply involved with the exchange of knowledge between religious scholars and scientists, and has a particular concern to participate in dialogues that contribute to mutual understanding, tolerance and peace in the world.
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Frithiof Rundgren (1921–2006) was Professor of Semitic languages at Uppsala University from 1964 to 1987 and an internationally distinguished research figure. He dealt with problems within both Iranistics and Turkology and pursued further studies within Egyptology, Comparative Indo-European Studies and General Linguistics. His main subject, however, was the linguistic foundations of Semitic Studies.
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Mohammed Rustom is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Carleton University. He is the author of The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mulla Sadra (SUNY, 2012), a co-editor of In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought - An anthology of William C. Chittick’s writings (2012), and Assistant Editor of The Study Quran: A New Translation with Notes and Commentary (Editor-in-Chief, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 2015).
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Cemalnur Sargut received her BSc in Chemical Engineering from the State Academy of Architecture and Engineering in Istanbul in 1974, and she taught Chemistry to high school students in Istanbul for 20 years. For the last 25 years, she has been carrying out research and studies on Ahmad al Rifai, Kenan Rifai and Rumi as well as Ibn Arabi, Niyazi Misri, Shibli, Qunawi and Jili. She is President of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association (TURKKAD), Istanbul.
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Giuseppe Scattolin, priest since 1968, Combonian Missionary, has worked in the Lebanon, Sudan and Egypt. He is professor of Islamic mystical theology at PISAI in Rome, and at Dar Comboni (Cairo). He has about 50 publications to his name including books and articles, among which are Esperienze mistiche nell’Islam (2000, three volumes), L’Islam nella globalizzazione (2004), Dio e Uomo nell’Islam (2004), Islam e dialogo (2004), Spiritualità nell’Islam (2004) and The Diwan of Ibn al-Farid (2004, critical edition).
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Michael Sells is a professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He is an authority on Ibn al-'Arabi as well as one of the most distinguished contemporary translators of classical Arabic poetry. His books include: Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes (Wesleyan); Mystical Languages of Unsaying (Chicago); Early Islamic Mysticism (Paulist Press); The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia (California); Approaching the Quran (White Cloud); and The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Andalus (Cambridge) as two full translations of Ibn 'Arabi’s Tarjuman al-ashwaq, Stations of Desire (2000) and Bewildered (2018).
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Reza Shah-Kazemi is an author who specializes in comparative mysticism, Islamic Studies, Sufism and Shi’ism. He is the founding editor of the Islamic World Report and currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies with the Department of Academic Research and Publications, where he is editing the English translation and edition of the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (from Persian). He received degrees in International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter University, before receiving his doctorate in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994.
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Sa’diyya Shaikh is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research is situated at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies. She has a special interest in Sufism and its implications for Islamic feminism and feminist theory. Her book Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn Arabi, Gender and Sexuality was published by the University of North Carolina Press (2012); and co-published again in 2013 by both University of Cape Town Press and Munshiram Manoharl Publishers (New Delhi). Her areas of research include gender-sensitive readings of hadith, Quranic exegesis and Sufi texts; theoretical and political debates on Islam and feminism; religion and gender-based violence; contemporary Muslim women’s embodied, experiential and everyday modes of understanding Quranic teachings (“tafsir of praxis”). Shaikh has also completed an empirical project focussed on sexuality, marriage, and reproductive choices amongst South African Muslim women.
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Stefan Sperl was born in Stuttgart and brought up in Luxembourg. He studied Arabic at Oxford and the American University in Cairo and did his postgraduate research at SOAS, London. In 1978 he joined UNHCR and held several assignments in the Middle East and Geneva. He returned to SOAS 1988. His publications include Mannerism in Arabic Poetry (1989), Qasida Poetry in Islamic Asia & Africa (1996, with Christopher Shackle) as well as numerous articles on Arabic, Islamic and Refugee Studies. In 2005 he embarked on a research project with Ahmed Moustafa which resulted in their joint publication The Cosmic Script: Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship (2014). It won the Iran World Award for the Book of the Year in 2016.
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Ahmad Sukkar was an Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT 2019–20, an associate member of the UCL-led Relief Centre’s Global Associates International Network, and the leader of an online course funded by the EU and Germany and accredited by Lund University. He is a former fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut, and visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the American University of Beirut, Imam Bukhari Visiting Research Fellow at the Universe of Oxford, and studio lecturer at the University of Damascus. He worked on award-winning projects in leading architectural offices in the Middle East and the UK, including Zaha Hadid Architects. He completed a Doctorate and a Master of Research degree at the London Consortium (the University of London and the Architectural Association) and a Master of Architecture degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association. His academic research and design work received several international awards.
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Sara Sviri is a Professor (Emerita) at the Department of Arabic and the Department of Comparative Religions at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Formerly, she taught at Tel Aviv University, at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies University College London and at the University of Oxford and, for a short period, at Ben Gurion University. Her fields of study include Islamic mysticism, mystical philosophy, comparative aspects of early Islam, the formative period of Islamic mysticism, and the mystical wisdom of Ibn al-ʿArabī. She has published many academic articles on these topics, which can be viewed on www.academia.edu. Her book The Taste of Hidden Things: Images on the Sufi Path was published in 1997 in the USA. In 2008, her comprehensive Sufi Anthology was published (in Hebrew) by Tel-Aviv University Press. An Arabic version of the Anthology was later published by Manshurat al-Jamal in Beirut.
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Mustafa Tahrali was born in Konya in 1943. He received his undergraduate education in Ankara University, School of Divinity. and went to France in 1967 to work on his doctorate. He completed his dissertation titled Life, Works, and Tariqa of Ahmad al-Rifai in Paris Sorbonne III University in 1973. After returning to Turkey he was appointed as Tasawwuf History and Islamic Turkish Literature teacher at the İstanbul Higher Islamic Institute. He became a faculty member in Marmara University, School of Divinity, Department of Tasawwuf History in 1982. Currently he is part of the faculty at İstanbul 29 Mayis University, Department of Philosophy. His research interests are Ottoman Thought and Tasawwuf Philosophy.
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Cecilia Twinch first came across Ibn Arabi and Rumi when she was studying Modern and Medieval Languages (Spanish and French) at Cambridge University. Books donated by the Ibn Arabi and Rumi scholar R.A. Nicholson and his student A.J. Arberry, complete with handwritten annotations in the margins, were then on display on the open shelves in the University Library. At the same time, she also became involved with what became known as Beshara and benefited from the advice and wisdom of Bulent Rauf, who was the co-founder of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society.
She now lives in Oxford and is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society. Besides working as a teacher, translator and editor, she has written numerous articles and has lectured on Ibn Arabi and mysticism worldwide. She is particularly interested in bringing alive the universal relevance of Ibn Arabi’s ideas in the world today.
In addition to Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries, her publications include Know Yourself: An explanation of the oneness of being (translated from Arabic manuscripts attributed to Ibn Arabi and to Awhad al-din Balyani).
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Richard Twinch is an architect, lecturer and world traveller with wide interests, including geometry, science, ecology, mysticism, philosophy, history and, more recently, finance, cooking and growing vegetables. He is most interested in the points where disciplines overlap, as that is where interesting things happen and are found.He works as the Events co-ordinator for the Ibn 'Arabi Society, and aspires to devote his time (apart from to his family and friends) to being a writer, poet and geometer.
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Itzchak Weismann is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of the Middle East at Haifa University. He was director of the Jewish-Arab Center in 2010–2013 and a member of the university Senate in 2012–2014. Weismann’s work focuses on modern Islam and his research interests include the Salafis, the Muslim Brothers and the Sufis in the Middle East and South Asia, religious preaching and interfaith dialogue. He is scientific editor of the “Crescent Series of Islamic Thought” of Resling Press and a board member of the Journal of Sufi Studies. His photo exhibition Travels in the World of Islam has been displayed in various places since 2014. (Source: Wikipedia 2020)
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At Haverford College (BA), then the University of Pennsylvania (MA), then the University of South Carolina (PhD), Eric Winkel undertook eclectic studies, mostly religion at first, focusing on spiritual matters, then later including political science, and numerous languages to enable study of religious and spiritual texts (Sanskrit, Greek, Coptic, Tamil, Arabic, others, besides French and German). His book “Mysteries of Purity, Ibn al-'Arabî's asrâr al-țahârah” (Notre Dame, 1995) was Chapter 68 of the Futuhat al-Makkiyya. While Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies in Malaysia, he explored how the concepts of the “new sciences” opened obscure and difficult passages of the Futuhat.
Having studied Ibn Arabi’s Futuhat al-Makkiyya for over twenty-five years, Eric Winkel is now in the midst of an eleven-year project to produce the first complete translation of this work. For more information see links below to The Futūḥāt Project
The Futūḥāt Project
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Osman Yahya (1919-1997) was born in Syria. His university education was at al-Azhar University in Cairo, and the Sorbonne and le Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris. He was in contact with and studied under such luminary figures as Georges Anawati, Louis Massignon and Henry Corbin. He stayed for many years in Cairo at the Institut Dominicain d' Études Orientales, while he worked on the first critical edition of the Futūḥāt. He died on 4th November 1997 in Aleppo, where he spent the last years of his life. More detailed information is provided in this article by Bakri Aladdin on jstor.org "In memoriam: Osman Yahia (1919/1997)".
Osman Yahya made two major contributions to modern studies of Ibn 'Arabi:
- Histoire et classification de l'œuvre d'Ibn Arabi, Institut Français de Damas, Damascus, 1964: A two-volume catalogue of works, manuscripts and printed works relating to Ibn ‘Arabi. Although there had been previous bibliographies, the scale and detail of this study made it the foundation for any future bibliographic work, and for 50 years to only reference work.
- al-Futūḥāt al-makkīya, al-Hai'a al-Miṣrīya, Cairo (14 volumes, 1972-1992). A critical edition of the Futūḥāt planned as thirty-seven volumes. The first fourteen volumes were prepared and published in Cairo until the Egyptian Government withdrew its support for the project.
Alongside his research for the Histoire et classification, Osman Yahya established the first edition of Hakim Tirmidhi's Khatm al-awliya (with a French translation), as well as a critical edition of Ibn 'Arabi' s Kitab al-tajaliyat (Book of Theophanies). A passage from the Kitab al-tajaliyat has become very well known beyond the realm of scholarly texts after it was quoted by Henry Corbin in Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi - “Listen, O dearly beloved!”. In a note at the end that passage, Corbin says, “The French translation was established by Mr. ‘Osman Yahya, my pupil and now my co-worker at the École des Haute Études... I have changed only a few words, and to simplify the typography, modified his disposition of the lines.”
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Alison Yiangou read physics and psychology at Bristol and Oxford and then trained in business management and human relations before joining her husband to found Yiangou Architects in 1981. A long-time student of the Beshara School and member of the Ibn 'Arabi Society, she has lectured internationally and has published in the Society’s Journal.
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Nick Yiangou holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and currently works as an IT manager in the software industry in California. He is a director of the United States branch of the Ibn Arabi Society, which promotes the teachings and translations of this great spiritual teacher. He also studied at the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education in Scotland, which is based on the principles and teachings of the way of oneness and unification, and previously served on the board of the Beshara Foundation in the US.
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Peter Yiangou was the senior partner of an architectural practice based in the Cotswolds in the UK. His interest in Ibn Arabi started in 1972 when he met Bulent Rauf, the first president of the MIAS. His interest in Ibn Arabi continued since then through the activities of the Beshara School, also founded by Bulent Rauf. He is currently a trustee of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre,
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Peter (Hakim) studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, and Ottoman Turkish at Oxford. For a time, he worked as a psychiatric nurse and later ran his own building company. In the mid-seventies he came to the Beshara School at Chisholme as a student, undertaking two intensive retreat courses under the supervision of the late Bulent Rauf.
He was principal of the school from 1984–2015, devoting his life to serving the school and its students. Recently he led the development of new study and retreat courses in both self-enquiry and self-knowledge (“Discovering Unity”), and he continues to lecture and supervise courses worldwide. More recently, he has also developed his skills for working with wood, and now offers courses in Greenwood Chairmaking [/].
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Mohamed Haj Yousef
Mohemed bin Ali Haj Yousef is a writer and researcher specializing in Islamic thought, especially with regard to mysticism and Ibn Arabi. He studied physics in Syria and earned a degree in physics from the University of Aleppo in 1989 and a Postgraduate Diploma in electronics from the same university in 1990,followed by a Master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1992. After a period of work in the field of teaching, he studied Islamic philosophy, where he received a PhD from the University of Exeter in UK in the year 2005, where he studied the concept of time in Ibn Arabi’s cosmology and compared it with modern theories of physics and cosmology. He an Instructor in the Physics Department at the College of Science, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE
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Heba Youssry is currently the Director of Manor House International School in Egypt. She holds a double BA in the fields of Business Administration and Philosophy and a double MA in Arabic Literature and Philosophy, all of which were attained at the American University in Cairo. She formerly held the position of Country Director for an NGO called Seeds of Peace, where she worked on establishing communication links between teenagers in countries impacted by the Middle Eastern conflict. Also, she worked as a freelance literary critic for Egypt Independent, an English language newspaper.
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Cyrus Ali Zargar
Cyrus Ali Zargar is Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Central Florida. His first book, Sufi Aesthetics: Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in Ibn ʿArabi and ʿIraqi, was published in 2011 by the University of South Carolina Press. His most recent book, The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism, was published in 2017 by Oneworld Press. Zargar’s research interests focus on the literature of medieval Sufism in Arabic and Persian. This includes metaphysical, aesthetic, and ethical intersections between Sufism and Islamic philosophy, as well as Sufi ethical treatises, the writings of Ibn Arabi and early adherents to his worldview, Sufism in contemporary cinema, and satire in medieval and modern literature. He is the author of articles in The Muslim World, The Journal of Arabic Literature, and Encyclopædia Iranica. Currently, he is completing a manuscript on the corpus of the 13th-century Persian poet, Farid al-Din Attar, and the manner in which Attar’s vision for humanity might comment on contemporary questions in religion. It is titled Religion of Love: Farid al-Din Attar and the Sufi Tradition, to be published by the Islamic Texts Society (Cambridge, UK).