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.
- “With which eye do I see Him”
an online course exploring Imagination in The Meccan Openings
- Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality
a series of 15 lectures which ran between May 8th and November 21st, 2020.
Online talks in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
2020-21 | MIAS Education Online Course
“With which eye do I see Him: Exploring Imagination in The Meccan Openings”
The course runs for seven weeks between 1st December 2020 and 19th January 2021
The course will be conducted by Dr Rim Feriani, Educational Director of the Ibn ‘Arabi Society. She writes, “In this course we will explore the key aspects of Ibn ‘Arabi’s creative imagination (khayal) and the relation between such a concept and the barzakh (isthmus or intermediate world). We will read a selection of passages from The Meccan Openings, with a particular focus on Chapter 63… This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in Sufism in general, and in Ibn ‘Arabi in particular. No previous knowledge of Ibn Arabi’s writings is needed, though it is helpful.”
The course comprises 7 x 1.5 hour sessions online between Tuesday, 1st December and Tuesday, 19th January, 2020. Sessions start at 5.30 pm (17.30) GMT – London Time and finishes at 7 pm (19.00) GMT – London Time.
2020 | Online talks
Introductory Online Seminars from Melbourne, Australia
Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University
The newly established Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University is organising a series of online seminars on Ibn ʿArabi, entitled ‘The Hidden Treasure’. These seminars will be open to the public, aiming to present an accessible introduction to Ibn ʿArabi, his teachings, and his relevance to the contemporary world.
The seminars will be online meetings on the first Saturday of every month. They will comprise a 30-minute presentation by the speaker, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with the audience. The seminars are free and will be open to the public, but registration will be required. The speaker’s talk will be recorded and be made available on the IAI webpage, and the inaugural lecture by Stephen Hirtenstein given on September 5th is now available on the IAI webpage https://vimeo.com/457566807/901301ac23 [/].
For more information about the IAI see the monash.edu/arts/Ibn-Arabi-Interreligious-Research-Initiative [/].
2020 | Fifth series
Ibn ‘Arabi and The Geometry of Reality
This is 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, and Eric Winkel on The Encircled Alighting-places of the Quran. The final talk in Series 2, The Symbolism of the Two Arcs: some reflections, by Paolo Urizzi, took place on Saturday 18 July.
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, 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 24th); 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).
Videos of all three talks in Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 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 | 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 | 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.