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 | An online series of talks

“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.

The first talk was presented on May 9th by Stephen Hirtenstein, entitled The Circle and the Compass, to be 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).

Members and Fellows of the Society (MIAS UK, MIAS USA & MIAS Latina) are given priority to attend the online (Zoom) meeting for free. A small number of paid tickets are available to the general public. The first series of three talks is fully subscribed, and Members will be contacted when bookings open for the second series.

A video of each talk will be made available to all attendees and Members as soon as is practically possible after the talk, and in due course will be made widely available through the Society’s YouTube channel [/]. 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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