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Young Writer Award 2023

An award of US$ 1,500 is offered for an unpublished essay concerning the teachings of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi by an author under the age of 36.

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Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

13 April 2024 | Online event

The Perfect Human and the Greatest Name

On 13th April 2024, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm (London time), Stephen Hirtenstein will conduct an online seminar on The Perfect Human and the Greatest Name (al-insān al-kāmil wa-l-ism al-a’ẓam). The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Stephen writes: The title for this talk is drawn from the final mysterious book-title mentioned by Ibn ‘Arabi in his listing of his own writings in the Fihrist (‘Catalogue’). It would be impossible to appreciate Ibn ‘Arabi’s writings without encountering the notion of al-insān al-kāmil explicitly or implicitly, but how and where does Ibn ‘Arabi actually use the term in his writing? What are the key features of this perfect human? In what way could it apply to each and every human being?

Stephen Hirtenstein is a MIAS Senior Research Fellow and Director of Anqa Publishing. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society from 1982 to 2023. Since 2001, he has been working on the MIAS archiving project for the historic manuscripts of Ibn ‘Arabi. He works as an Editor for the Encyclopaedia Islamica (Brill in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London) and runs courses on Sufism and Sufi poetry at the University of Oxford. His most recent publications include a three-part article on Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fihrist (‘Catalogue’) in the Journal, and books such as Patterns of Contemplation (2021) and Ibn ‘Arabi’s Prayers for the Week (2021). He is currently revising his first book, The Unlimited Mercifier (1999).

Admission tickets

Members can attend the event without charge, but need to register on Eventbrite [/]. Members will receive a discount code by email.

For non-members, there is a fee of £10.00. If you are interested in joining the Society to receive benefits like the Society’s Journal, newsletters, and free admission to online events, please visit: https://ibnarabisociety.org/s-membership-uk/

We offer a limited number of tickets for those with low incomes at a reduced rate of £5.00, and a number of complimentary tickets may be available upon request. For applications or further inquiries, please contact us at: events.uk@ibnarabisociety.org

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20 April 2024 | Online event

Monthly lectures for Arabic speakers

The series of lectures in Arabic which began in November 2022 continues with a talk by Dr Maliha Maslamani. The title of her lecture is, “The Concept of Futuwwa (Chivalry) according to Sheikh Al Akbar Muhyi Al-Din Ibn Al-Arabi”. It takes place at 12 noon Morocco local time, on Saturday 20th April 2024.

Dr Maslamani is a Palestinian writer and researcher from Jerusalem. She holds a Ph.D. in the subject of Palestinian identity and art. She has produced numerous studies and articles in the field of Palestinian culture.

Maslamani’s passion for Sufism had led her to embrace it as a gnostic intellectual framework and practical path. And she has a particular interest in the gnostic knowledge of Sheikh Al Akbar. Maslamani has delivered many lectures on the knowledge of Muhyi Al-Din Ibn Al-Arabi. She has also completed several research papers on Ibn Al-Arabi and on Islamic Sufism in general.

Maslamani’s lecture will discuss the concept of “Futuwwa” (chivalry) according to Muhyi Al-Din Ibn Al-Arabi, a concept which Sheikh Al Akbar elaborated on within three chapters in Al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya (The Meccan Revelations). The lecture’s topics will include: the meaning of Futuwwa; the characteristics of the youth “Al Fata” according to Ibn Al-Arabi; Futuwwa as a divine attribute; how the servant of God is characterized by it; its reality and origin; the station of power it holds; who among the people of God possess it; and the objectives of its station. Maslamani will also highlight and discuss the Futuwwa of Prophet Ibrahim, the story of “The Man with the Tray,” and the station of abandoning Futuwwa. The lecture will conclude with a summary and reading of Futuwwa according to Sheikh Al-Akabar.

People who would like to attend the lecture can use this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83484657052?pwd=M3NSTFhINVl2c1k2ME1JVzRnd092QT09 [/]
Meeting ID: 834 8465 7052 | Passcode: 000000 | Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kb23I9qIRQ [/]

For more details of the series of lectures, please see the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/arabicibnarabi

For further information please e-mail mias-as@nokshee.com.

 

Image: a painting created by Ana Ludovico for the symposium

1 June 2024 | Cambridge UK

‘Light within darkness, the infinite dimensions of Love’

Ibn ‘Arabi Society 2024 Symposium

The 2024 Ibn ‘Arabi Society Symposium, ‘Light within darkness, the infinite dimensions of Love’, will be held on Saturday, June 1st, 2024 starting at 09:30 AM at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. The day will offer an opportunity to explore – through various perspectives – the themes of light, darkness, and Love’s dimensions in Ibn ‘Arabi’s teachings.

Programme

The morning will consist of formal talks, the afternoon will feature smaller workshops and open discussion. Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included in the admission ticket.

Speakers

Paolo Urizzi
Title: ‘From the depths of the Hidden Treasure: the Love-theophany of the divine Names’

Hina Khalid
Title: ‘The Finite World as the Habitat of the Infinite: Decoding the Love Languages of Ibn ‘Arabi and Rabindranath Tagore’

Stephen Hirtenstein
Title: ‘A Love Supreme amidst the flames’

Chairs: Stefan Sperl, Jane Clark and Omar Zein

Paolo Urizzi studied at Al-Azhar in Cairo (1975-1979). In 1997 he founded the journal of traditional studies Perennia Verba.  He edits the series on sufism ‘I Gioielli’ (Il Leone Verde – Turin) and has collaborated with the Officina di Studi Medievali of Palermo.  He currently lectures on sufism at the Faculty of Oriental and Comparative Philosophy at the ‘Istituto di Scienze Umane‘ in Rimini. His publications include the annotated translation of Kalabadhi’s Kitab al-ta’arruf and several essays on traditional thought, with a focus on Ibn ‘Arabi.

 

Hina Khalid is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has successfully defended her PhD dissertation, which offered the first comprehensive comparative study of the theology and poetry of Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). She is particularly interested in the possibilities of comparative theology across Islamic and Indic traditions, and in the ways that shared devotional idioms have formed in and across the Indian subcontinent. Her previous publications have centred on a range of topics, including issues of embodiment, gender, and spirituality across the Christian, Islamic, and Indic worldviews.

 

Stephen Hirtenstein is a MIAS Senior Research Fellow and Director of Anqa Publishing. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society from 1982 to 2023. Since 2001, he has been working on the MIAS archiving project for the historic manuscripts of Ibn ‘Arabi. He works as an Editor for the Encyclopaedia Islamica (Brill in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London) and runs courses on Sufism and Sufi poetry at the University of Oxford. His most recent publications include a three-part article on Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fihrist (‘Catalogue’) in the Journal, and books such as Patterns of Contemplation (2021) and Ibn ‘Arabi’s Prayers for the Week (2021). He is currently revising his first book, The Unlimited Mercifier (1999).

 

Admission tickets

to include talks, workshops, refreshments and lunch

Early Bird Tickets (on sale up to 12.00 BST on April 23rd, 2024) £65.00 + booking fee

General Admission Tickets (sales after April 23rd, 2024) £75.00 + booking fee

Student (Full time) £20.00 + booking fee upon receipt of a photocopy of your student card to the organiser events.uk@ibnarabisociety.org

To register for tickets and view FAQs, follow this link to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ibn-arabi-symposium-light-within-darkness-the-infinite-dimensions-of-love-tickets-865066084947?aff=oddtdtcreator

March 2024

Young Writer Award 2023 – Prize winner

The judges have reached a decision on the 2023 Young Writers Award as follows:

Winner
Nur Ahmad for his essay ‘Akbarian Hermeneutics in pre-Modern Javanese Literature’

Highly Commended:
Elif Emirahmetoglu for ‘The Human Self and Personhood in Akbarīan Sufism and Chinese Buddhism’
Sophie Tyser for ‘The World, Man and Ritual Prayer according to Ibn al- ʿArabī’

Commended
Farah Akhtar for “Cosmos as Revelation”: Reason, Imagination, and the Foundations of Ibn ‘Arabī’s Scriptural Hermeneutics

The judges considered the level of entry to be extremely high, and recommend that all four of the commended essays are worthy of publication in the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, although some of them will need some editorial input. Aydogan Kars, who is a member of the JMIAS board, has taken charge of the process of preparing them for publication.

More information to come.