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

• MIAS-Latina
Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian

5th June to 26th June, 2021 | MIAS Online Events

Al-Mīzān: Justice and Harmony in the Works of Ibn al-‘Arabī and the Akbarī Tradition

In 2021 the Society has planned three main online events. Each event will explore a different theme and will comprise four seminars run over consecutive Saturdays. It is hoped this will give participants the opportunity to explore each theme from different perspectives. The spring seminars were hosted by MIAS UK and the summer series are hosted by MIAS USA. The autumn series will be hosted by Mahmud Kiliç, Hasan Kerim Güç and friends in Turkey.

5th June, 2021 Seminar One: 13.00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 18:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Hina Khalid: ‘Embodying the In-Between: Comparative Reflections on the walī and the Bodhisattva’

12th June, 2021 Seminar Two: 13.00 EDT / 18:00 BST
Imam Fode Drame: ‘Justice and Harmony in the Fusus Al-Hikam of Ibn al-Arabi’

19th June, 2021 Seminar Three: 13.00 EDT / 18:00 BST
Yousef Casewit: ‘Upholding the Balance’: Tilimsani’s (d. 1291) Commentary on the Divine Name al-Muqsit

26th June, 2021 Seminar Four: 13.00 EDT / 18:00 BST
A panel discussion between the speakers of themes arising during the seminars. Chaired by Oludamini Ogunnaike.

Each seminar will be followed by a Question and Answer session, so that attendees may fully participate in the exploration of each topic.

Registration is required. Registration will close 24 hours before each seminar.

The seminars are free to members of the Society (MIAS UK, MIAS USA and MIAS Latina). Non-members are welcome at a cost of £12.00 for the series + booking fee.

Registration opens on May 5th: Register via Eventbrite here [/]

 

About the speakers and the talks

Hina Khalid: ‘Embodying the In-Between: Comparative Reflections on the walī and the Bodhisattva’

Hina Khalid is a first-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She is working on a comparative study of the theology and poetry of Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). She is 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.

In this talk, Hina will engage Ibn ‘Arabi’s discourse of fana’ and baqa’ in dialogue with the Buddhist notion of sunyata (emptiness), exploring how two modalities of ‘negation’, rooted in their distinctive philosophical and theological frameworks, can generate strikingly similar articulations of the spiritual life. We explore the ways in which, through the persons of the saint (walī) and the Bodhisattva (‘enlightenment-being’), true ‘knowing’ is understood not as a closed system of philosophical propositions but as a dynamic enacting of spiritual and ethical harmony. Hina will end with a brief thought-in-progress: a reflection on harmony as it relates to Ibn ‘Arabi’s understandings of the divine disclosures (and how we are to respond appropriately to these), and a possible resonance with a particular ‘episode’ of the divine-human encounter in a Hindu text.

 

Imam Fode Drame: ‘Justice and Harmony in the Fusus Al-Hikam of Ibn al-Arabi’

Imam Fode Drame is a linguist, Quranic exegete, teacher, father, international speaker, and humanitarian at the forefront of a number of community initiatives. In Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2005, he established Zawiyah Foundation, a non-profit charity founded on his vision for humanity. There, he also founded Qawsain Knowledge House, Vancouver’s only independent Muslim school. His most recent undertaking is the creation of Masina Publications, a project dedicated to printing and publishing all his written works whether in English, Arabic, or Hieroglyphics. At the forefront of these writings is his magnum opus, a full exegesis of the Glorious Quran.

This talk will explore unity and harmony as the expression of truth (al-Haqq) in the writings of Ibn Al-Arabi. With a particular focus on the collection of wisdoms from the prophets known as the Pearls of Wisdom, Fusus Al-Hikam, we will explore the views of Ibn Al-Arabi on the words of God and the means by which they are fulfilled.

 

Yousef Casewit: ‘Upholding the Balance’: Tilimsani’s (d. 1291) Commentary on the Divine Name al-Muqsit

Yousef Casewit is Chair of Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Yale University in 2014. He was formerly a Humanities Research Fellow at New York University, Abu Dhabi, where he completed his award-winning book, The Mystics of al-Andalus. He is currently completing an Arabic edition and full English translation of ‘Afif al-Din al-Tilimsani’s (d. 1291) commentary on the divine names for the Library of Arabic Literature, NYU Press. Born in Egypt and raised in Morocco, Yousef has traveled throughout the Islamic world, and has studied with Muslim scholars in Morocco, Syria, and Mauritania.

This talk explores the notion of Qisṭ, or equitability and balance in the divine names commentary of ‘Afif al-Din al-Tilimsani. In his discussion, which centers on the Qur’anic verse “God loves the equitable,” he insists that the upholders of balance gain divine love by realizing their relationship to the name the Equitable, for God loves none other than His own quality.

 

April 2021 | Online talk

Ibn Arabi’s Tomb and Spiritual Legacy in Damascus

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

Caligraphic tilesProf Samer Akkach (Uni Adelaide, Australia) will speak on “Ibn Arabi’s Tomb and Spiritual Legacy in Damascus” on Saturday 3rd April, 2021, 7-8 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time; please note the different start time).

The seminar is open-to-public and free, but registration is required via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/147037640541 [/] People who have registered will receive the link to the Zoom meeting two days before the event..

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 40-minute presentation by the speaker, followed by a 20-minute question and answer session with the audience.

The speaker’s talk will be recorded and be made available on the IAI webpage, and the audio and video recordings of Cecilia Twinch’s Hidden Treasure Seminar, “Ibn Arabi and the World of the Imagination,” on our webpage (and here: https://vimeo.com/520726806 [/]).

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 (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

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.

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