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
July 2021 | Online talks
The doctrine of the Universal Man (al-insān al-kāmil) in Ibn ʻArabī and his Heirs
Fifth “Studies in Sufism” Summer School organized by Perennia Verba
26th to 31st July
The 2021 “Studies in Sufism” Summer School will take place from 26th to 31st July, and will again take the form of online seminars,
The Summer School is organized by the association Perennia Verba (IT), in collaboration with MIAS Latina (Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, ES), the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (UK), and Officina di Studi Medievali (Palermo, IT).
These online seminars represent an opportunity to listen to different scholars and discuss with them the doctrine of al-insān al-kāmil, the “Universal Man” or, as some would translate it, the “Perfect Human”.
This is one of the fundamental and main topics of Ibn ʻArabī’s teachings, and one which has influenced all subsequent generations of Muslim mystics and intellectuals. The concept of al-Insān al-kāmil is however a universal one and can be found in the Adam Qadmon of the Jewish tradition, in the anthropos teleios of the Gnostics, in the Vedic Puruṣa, in the Iranian Gayomart, in the Old Norse Ymir, as well as in the Chih-jen of the Daoism. Philo of Alexandria often uses the expression “perfect man” (anthropos teleios), and makes him, like Ibn ‘Arabī’s al-insān al-kāmil, the perfect manifestation of the Imago Dei.
This Summer School will focus on a number of Sufi authors who engaged with the centrality of the notion of al-insān al-kāmil under diverse points of view, including:
• Ibn ʻArabī (d. 1240)
• al-Qūnawī (d. 1274)
• al-Jīlī (d. 1424)
• al-Nābulsī (d. 1741)
• al-Tijānī (d. 1815) and later Sufi scholars
The Provisional Programme names the following speakers: Pablo Beneito (University of Murcia, ES), Alberto Grigio (Perennia Verba Association, IT), Stephen Hirtenstein (Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, UK), Samuela Pagani (University of Lecce, IT), Luca Patrizi (University of Exeter, UK), Michele Petrone (University of Milano, IT), Mohammed Rustom (Carleton University, Canada), Federico Salvaggio (University of Udine, IT), Patrizia Spallino (University of Palermo, IT), Paolo Urizzi (Perennia Verba Association, IT), Gregory Vandamme (PhD UCLouvain, BE), Alberto Ventura (University of Calabria, IT).
Seminars will take place on Zoom from Monday to Saturday in a single week, up to a total of twelve morning and afternoon sessions. Each meeting will consist of a lecture (approximately one hour) and a following discussion (no actual time limit, but indicatively no more than one hour). Students will also have exclusive access to a forum where they can further develop the discourse, interacting with teachers and other participants. The forum will also be open after the end of the Summer School.
Lectures will be in English and knowledge of Arabic is desirable but not strictly required.
The subscription fee is 53 Euros. Members of MIAS (Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society) benefit from a reduced fee of 30 Euros (if you are a MIAS member please mention it in your application). The organizers may also offer a reduced fee also to students with specific financial conditions. The subscription fee is intended to support the organization of the event and will grant you access to all lectures of the Summer School.
For full information, and the booking form, please see the Perennia Verba Summer School website.
Ibn ‘Arabi’s Creative Imagination
Crossing Borders to Discover the Meaning of Being Human
28th October 2021
This event will explore how Ibn ‘Arabi’s creative imagination crosses philosophical, poetic, linguistic and artistic borders, and how his ideas continue to inspire contemporary poetry, film, art and music to this day. It will comprise short talks by Cecilia Twinch and Rim Feriani, poetry readings, a round-table discussion, and an opportunity for questions.
This Zoom seminar is jointly hosted by Language Acts and Worldmaking and the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society. It will take place on Thursday, 28th October 2021, from 17:00-19:00 BST (London time).
There is no charge for attendance, but it will be necessary to register in advance. You can register here: ibn-arabi-creative-imagination-tickets-160427700571
June 2021 | Online talk
The Spirit, the Heart, and the Intellect: A Sufi Perspective
Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University, Australia
The most recent Online Seminar in the Hidden Treasure Series was by Dr Atif Khalil, University of Lethbridge (Canada). It was entitled “Ibn Arabi on Divine and Human Trusteeship”, and was held on Saturday 3 July 2021, at 10-11am (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
This monthly seminar series introduces the medieval sage Ibn Arabi (d.1240), and his relevance to the contemporary world. The seminar series is organised by the Ibn Arabi Initiative (IAI) at Monash University and MIAS Asia Pacific.
The seminars are composed of a 40-minute live presentation by the speaker followed by a 20 minute Q&A session with the audience. All are welcome to attend the free seminars but registration will be required via Eventbrite when an event is scheduled.
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.