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.
• “The Hidden Treasure”
introductory online seminars by the Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia.
• Online courses
such as “In each thing He has a sign”, developed by MIAS Education
Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
February 2022 | Online event
Patterns of Contemplation
Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein discuss their recent publication
Saturday, 19th February, 2022 at 17.00 GMT
‘…this apparently humble text is as fine an example of its kind as the Blue Mosque of Istanbul is in relation to Ottoman architecture or the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Alhambra in Andalusia…this prayer has the capacity to make a fundamental impact on the reader and their state of knowledge and being.’ (Patterns of Contemplation p.3)
Pablo and Stephen write: “We will be talking about our latest book Patterns of Contemplation, which was published at the end of December 2021. This is an innovative and comprehensive introduction to the sacred principles and symbolism of geometry, letters and numbers, through the first in-depth analysis and English translation of a major Sufi masterpiece, The Blessing-Prayer of Effusion (al-Ṣalāt al-fayḍiyya). This prayer on the Prophet Muhammad, understood as the Reality of the Human Being, is both a metaphysical masterpiece and a devotional tour de force. It has been attributed since the 18th century to Ibn ʿArabi, but we believe it was actually written by Abdullah Bosnevi (d.1644), a major Ottoman follower of the school of Ibn ʿArabi.
We will be discussing the remarkable architecture of the prayer, its content, poetical structure and authorship, as well as the more general genre of invoking blessings on the Prophet Muhammad.” The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.
To register for this event please go to Eventbrite: Follow this link to Eventbrite Registration closes 24 hours before the seminar.
Pablo Beneito is currently Professor (Profesor Titular) at the Department of Translation and Interpretation, Facultad de Letras, University of Murcia. Specialising in the study of Islamic thought and Sufism, he has taught courses and contributed to conferences in some twenty countries and directed more than 30 international congresses. As an author, editor and translator he has published extensively on Ibn ‘Arabi and the mystical tradition. In 2011 he became the Director of MIAS Latina which is based in Murcia: www.ibnarabisociety.es. Since 2014 he has been the Director and Editor of El Azufre Rojo: Revista de Estudios sobre Ibn Arabi, EDITUM, University of Murcia.
Stephen Hirtenstein is Editor-in-chief of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society’s Journal, is a MIAS Senior Research Fellow, and director of Anqa Publishing Ltd. He works as an editor on Encyclopaedia Islamica, and teaches Sufism and Sufi poetry at the University of Oxford. His recent publications include The Alchemy of Human Happiness (2018), and (with Pablo Beneito) Prayers for the Week (2021), a new edition of Ibn ʿArabi’s Awrād, and Patterns of Contemplation (2021), a translation and study of al-Ṣalāt al-fayḍiyya attributed to Ibn ʿArabī.
Looking forward in 2022
Preview of Online events in 2022
We hope to bring you the following online events this year:
31st March, 2022 – 18.30 BST (London time)
Interdisciplinary Research Hub forum*
Federico Salvaggio – ‘Polysemy and Hermeneutics in Ibn ʿArabī’s Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam’.
23rd April, 2022 – 16.00 BST (London time)
Seminar and Q & A
Hany Ibrahim will develop themes from his forthcoming publication: Love in the Teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi.
30th May, 2022 – 19.30 BST (London time)
Interdisciplinary Research Hub forum*
Mansoor Abidi will present a paper on Ibn ‘Arabi and C. G. Jung.
1st October, 2022 – 10.00 BST (London time)
MIAS UK online Members’ Meeting
This will focus on the MIAS Archive with presentations by Jane Clark and Stephen Hirtenstein.
19th-20th November, 2022
A weekend of online seminars:
Title: ‘Ibn ‘Arabi, receptivity and the idea of the feminine’.
- Jane Clark
- Maria Dukake
- Souad Hakim
- Gracia Lopez
- Eric Winkel
12th December, 2022 – time tbc
Interdisciplinary Research Hub forum*
Khalid Lyamlahy – ‘The Carpet as a Text, the writer as a Weaver: Reading the Moroccan Carpet with Abdelkabir Khatibi’
* IRH – MIAS Interdisciplinary Research Hub. IRH is intended for discussions related to Ibn Arabi’s teachings as well as interdisciplinary approaches to his works. It is a friendly space that provides students, researchers, and lecturers the opportunity to give presentations on topics of their choice followed by a Q&A session. More information
August 2021 | Call for submissions
First MIAS Translation Prize Competition
Entries to be submitted by 1 September 2022
The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (MIAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural, triennial MIAS Translation Prize competition. Given the significant scholarly and lay interest in English translations of Sufi works in general and Ibn ‘Arabi’s writings in particular, it is hoped that this initiative will encourage greater engagement with the teachings of ‘the Greatest Master’ and his school. The Prize is being sponsored by the Ibn ‘Arabi Societies in the UK and the USA, by MIAS AP (Asia Pacific), the Monash University Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI), and by private donors.
For this first competition, we invite submissions on prose texts by Ibn ‘Arabi. For more information on these texts and an assessment of their authorship, see the MIAS catalogue of works by Ibn ‘Arabi: https://ibnarabisociety.org/wp-content/uploads/PDFs/catalogue-of-ibn-arabis-works.pdf
Entries should be in the form of original translations either of complete minor works, or of key sections or chapters from major works. Where possible, translations should be based on critically edited Arabic texts already in print. In cases where the text is still only in manuscript form, translations should be based on the best manuscripts (in such cases, if they wish to, translators can produce their own critical editions of Arabic texts alongside their submitted translations, although only translations will be evaluated for the competition).
Submissions should contain (1) a brief discussion introducing the text and its themes, and (2) a fully annotated English translation. It is expected that submissions will be in both Word and PDF formats and will be between 5000 and 8000 words (notes included), although this may vary. A model which applicants are encouraged to follow can be found here: https://ibnarabisociety.org/letter-to-imam-al-razi-mohammed-rustom/
The competition is open to all. Each entry will be evaluated for its textual fidelity, style, technical precision and readability by a panel of senior Ibn ‘Arabi specialists.
The winner will be awarded a cash prize of 3000 USD, and their translation will be published in the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (JMIAS), a leading peer-reviewed academic journal now in its fortieth year. Other submissions deemed by the prize selection committee to be outstanding may also be published in JMIAS.
Entries are due by 1 September 2022, with the winner to be announced on 1 November 2022.
For further details about the rules and regulations of this competition, and how to enter, please write to Professor Mohammed Rustom: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2021 | Online talk
The Hidden Treasure Seminars
Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia
The last talk in the recent IAI Hidden Treasure series was delivered by Dr Eric Winkel, of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, USA, on Saturday 4 September 2021. The title of his talk was: “‘I am a Buried Treasure, Concealed (in you):’ Ibn Arabi’s Role in the (our) Discovery of the Treasure Chest (in our chests)”.
Like other talks in this series between September 2020 and September 2021, the video and audio recording is available at https://www.monash.edu/arts/Ibn-Arabi-Interreligious-Research-Initiative/media [/]
A new series will start in 2022, and details will be posted here when available.
The Hidden Treasure online seminar series introduced Ibn Arabi, looking at his relevance to the contemporary world. It is organised by the Ibn Arabi Initiative (IAI) at Monash University. These seminars were open to the public and free, but it is necessary to register in advance.
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
This 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 (June 20th), and Eric Winkel on The Encircled Alighting-places of the Quran (July 4th). The final talk in Series 2, The Symbolism of the Two Arcs: some reflections, by Paolo Urizzi, took place on Saturday July 18th.
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 (August 1st), 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 26th); 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 the talks in Series 1 to Series 5 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.
- 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)
There are more than 110 Podcasts and more than 25 videos available here, and they are being added to regularly.