Upcoming Worldwide Events and Symposiums


Each year the Society organizes Symposia in the UK and the USA on an aspect of Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi’s work.

These international gatherings bring together people from many different fields and traditions, and include scholars, students, and anyone interested in what Ibn Arabi has to say. These events provide a unique opportunity for both speakers and listeners, specialists and non-specialists, to enrich their understanding of Ibn Arabi’s teachings and their relevance today.

The Society also encourages public seminars and lectures and can provide speakers on request.

2020 | Second series

Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality

A draftsmans compass and a circleThis is a series of online talks with different speakers paying tribute to the work of Michel Chodkiewicz and Keith Critchlow, two Honorary Fellows, who passed away recently.

These talks have the form of ‘webinars’, with a presentation of 30-40 minutes, followed by up to one hour’s discussion with participants.

The first series began on May 9th with a talk by Stephen Hirtenstein, entitled The Circle and the Compass, followed by Pablo Beneito (MIAS Latina), speaking on The Blessing-Prayer of Effusion (May 23rd) and Jane Carroll (MIAS USA) on The Point of the Compass (June 6th).

Series 2

We are delighted to announce the second series of three fortnightly online talks, which take place on Saturday afternoons, June 20th, July 4th and July 18th, 2020.

The talks are free to Members and Fellows of the Society (MIAS UK, MIAS USA & MIAS Latina). Paid tickets are available to the general public through Eventbrite at a cost of £9.00 + a booking fee.

Jane ClarkStructures of ‘two-ness’: equivalence, complementarity and inversion

June 20th: Jane Clark (MIAS Senior Research Fellow) Oxford, U.K.

This talk will explore how Ibn ʿArabi uses the symbolism of the mirror and the nature of mirror symmetry to convey essential truths. We will examine two textual examples – the chapter headings of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam and a poem in the Rūḥ al-quds about the function of the Abdāl (Substitutes).

Eric WinkelThe Encircled Alighting-places of the Quran

July 4th: Eric Winkel (independent scholar) New Mexico, U.S.A.

In the particularly dense Chapter 22 of the Futūḥāt, Ibn ʿArabi sets a structure for alighting-places which are encircled. The word sūrah (encircled chapter) is used for the Qurʾān, the Psalms, the Gospels and all revelations, with the imagery of alighting-places reached as one traverses great distances – as if one leads to another. We shall consider Chapter 289 as one such alighting-place among the 114 manāzil (alighting places).

Paolo UrizziThe Symbolism of the Two Arcs: some reflections

July 18th: Paolo Urizzi (director of Perennia Verba magazine) Trieste, Italy

The heavenly ascension (miʿrāj) of the prophet Muhammad is, in Sufism, the model of spiritual realisation. Its culminating moment, when he was at ‘the distance of two arcs or closer’, became the subject of profound meditations, and we will explore its treatment in texts from the school of Ibn ‘Arabi.

A video of each talk will be made available on the Society’s YouTube channel [/] within a month. This will include the talk, but not the question and discussion period. Newly uploaded videos will be announced on the Facebook Group [/].

2020 | Online Course

“In each thing He has a sign”

An online Introductory course to Ibn ‘Arabi’s “Spiritual Openings”

This is a ten-week introduction to the multi-layered meanings in Ibn ‘Arabi’s spiritual teaching, running between 25th May and 27th July 2020.

All places on the course beginning 25th May are taken, but it is possible to put your name on a “Waitlist” through the Eventbrite website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-each-thing-he-has-a-sign-introducing-ibn-arabis-spiritual-openings-tickets-103698535110 [/]

The course is offered on behalf of the Society by Dr. Rim Feriani who until March 2020 lectured in Arabic language at King’s College, London. (See expanded biography)

It comprises ten one-hour sessions online, which start at 17:30 (BST). It combines lectures with group discussions and individual readings. Registration costs £25 for students and £40 for others, plus a booking fee. There is a discount for Members of the Society.

The course includes the exploration of a selection of chapters from Ibn Arabi’s Meccan Openings. No previous knowledge of Ibn ‘Arabi’s writings is needed. The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in Sufism in general, and in Ibn ‘Arabi in particular. The number of people able to register for the course will be limited to allow for proper interaction between participants.

There is more information about the course in Online course outline.

2020 | Symposium | Oxford, UK

Breath of Creation, Breath of Compassion

Organised by the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society and SOAS School of Languages, Cultures and Religions, London

In view of the coronavirus pandemic currently affecting so many parts of the world, it is necessary to postpone this event, which was scheduled for 9th/10th May 2020. We hope to run it in October 2020, and will update this page when we have more information.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor James Morris (Boston College, USA)
  • Dr. Kazuyo Murata (King’s College London, UK)
  • Dr. Oludamini Ogunnaike (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Dr. Dia Barghouti (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)
  • Dr. Aydogan Kars (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
While the present pandemic is causing the postponement of symposia and seminars in many locations, this could be a good time to explore the Society’s offering of Podcasts and Videos recorded at previous events.

There are more than 110 Podcasts and more than 25 videos available here, and they are being added to regularly.

Go to the Podcasts and Videos Overview

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