Upcoming Worldwide Events and Symposiums


While the coronavirus pandemic is causing the postponement of symposia and seminars, there has been a flourishing of online lectures and courses.

2021 | MIAS Education Online Course

“In each thing He has a sign”

The course will run for ten weeks between Tuesday 26th January and 30th March, 2021

This is a ten-week introduction to the multi-layered meanings in Ibn ‘Arabi’s spiritual teaching.

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

It is the third time this course has been run.

The course comprises 10 x 1.5 hour sessions online between Tuesday 26th January and 30th March,  2021. Sessions start at 5.30 pm (17.30) GMT and finish at 7 pm (19.00) GMT – London Time

There is more information about the course in Online-course-In-each-thing-Jan-2021

Registration is through the Eventbrite website: See the Eventbrite booking form

February 6, 2021 | Online talk

Ibn Arabi’s Invitation to Self-Discovery: A Letter to a Rationalist

Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia

Caligraphic tilesDr. Mohammed Rustom of Carleton University, Canada, will speak on “Ibn Arabi’s Invitation to Self-Discovery: A Letter to a Rationalist” on Saturday, 6 February 2021, from 10-11am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

This talk is part of a series of online seminars on Ibn ʿArabi, entitled “The Hidden Treasure”, organised by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia.

These seminars aim to present an accessible introduction to Ibn ʿArabi, his teachings, and his relevance to the contemporary world.

They are online meetings on the first Saturday of every month. They comprise a 30-minute presentation by the speaker, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with the audience. The seminars are free and open to the public, but registration will be required. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hidden-treasure-ibn-arabi-seminars-tickets-136219545327

The speaker’s talk will be recorded and be made available on the IAI webpage, and the inaugural lecture by Stephen Hirtenstein given on September 5th is now available on the IAI webpage https://vimeo.com/457566807/901301ac23 [/].

For more information about the IAI see the monash.edu/arts/Ibn-Arabi-Interreligious-Research-Initiative [/].

2020 | Online talks

Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

International Ibn Arabi Reading Circle 2020

In response to the period of confinement required by the pandemic, MIAS-Latina has organized video conferences under the title International Ibn Arabi Reading Circle 2020.

The sessions, lasting approximately an hour and a half, have taken place at 5:00 p.m. Madrid time, which is also convenient for American participants. They include an introduction (in Spanish, Italian or Portuguese), time for debate with the speaker, and time for open dialogue (in any of these three languages) among the attendees.

The first cycle of talks ran from April 22nd to July 26th, and covered a wide range of subjects. The second cycle of talks began on September 6th. The speakers include

  • Alberto Ventura, October 4th (Cosenza, Italy), L’Epistola sull’Unificazione. Il tawhîd esoterico di Arslân di Damasco. Introduction: Demetrio Giordano.
  • Antonio de Diego (Seville, Spain), October 18, Ibn Arabi y el sufismo contemporáneo. El caso de la tariqa Tijâniyya. Introduction: Paolo Urizzi.

Information about registration and details of all the previous talks can be found on the MIAS-Latina website: https://ibnarabisociety.es/index.php?pagina=34&lang=es [/]

See also the contribution by Pablo Beneito in June to the MIAS Blog: Reading Circles in MIAS Latina 

2020 | About the online talks

Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality

A draftsmans compass and a circleThis was a series of online talks organised by the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the UK, with different speakers paying tribute to the work of Michel Chodkiewicz and Keith Critchlow, two Honorary Fellows, who passed away earlier this year.

These talks had 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).

The second series of three talks saw Jane Clark speak on Structures of ‘two-ness’: equivalence, complementarity and inversion, and Eric Winkel on The Encircled Alighting-places of the Quran. The final talk in Series 2, The Symbolism of the Two Arcs: some reflections, by Paolo Urizzi, took place on Saturday 18 July.

The first talk in Series 3 was by Samer Akkach on The Geometry of Causality and Unfolding of Destiny, followed by The Perplexing Geometry of Being: Ibn ʿArabi’s Correlative Ontology and the Notion of thubūt, by Gregory Vandamme, (August 15th), and The Alif – the One, the Many and the Beautiful, by Rim Feriani (August 29th)..

Series 4 had talks by Michele Petrone, The Dot and the Line: Akbarian views on time and the instant (September 12th); Alexander Knysh, Tasting, Drinking and Quenching Thirst: From Mystical Experience to Mystical Metaphysics (September 24th); and Gracia López Anguita, The Structure of the Universe as a Network (October 10th).

In Series 5, Cyrus Zargar spoke on The Ambiguities of Union: Exploring the Relationship between Perception and Reality (October 24th), Carlos Berbil on A Fresh Look at Ibn Sabʿīn: The Circular Scale of Transcendence and Mediation (November 7th), and finally, Luca Patrizi’s paper was entitled Thus Spoke Adam: The Suryāniyya Language in Islamic Esotericism (November 21st).

The final session of the series was in the form of a special round table gathering of speakers from the series, with invited guests. It took place on Saturday, 5th December 2020.


Videos of all three talks in Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 are now available in the Podcasts and Videos section of this website, and on the Society’s YouTube channel. These recordings include the talk, but not the questions and discussion that followed.

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 will update this page when we have more information about the possibilities of a physical symposium.

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