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 | Third series

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 earlier this year.

These talks have the form of ‘webinars’, with a presentation of 30-40 minutes, followed by up to one hour’s discussion with participants.

Series 3

Samer AkkachThe Geometry of Causality and the Unfolding of Destiny
August 1st: 10:00 AM UK time (10:00 BST)

Samer Akkach (Professor of Architectural History and Theory, Adelaide, Australia)

How to keep God independent of, yet effectively engaged in, the affairs of a perishable and changing world has been one of the most perplexing questions in religious thought. Focusing on the opening passage of chapter 14 of Ibn ʿArabī’s Fuṣūṣ, elaborated by a 3-line poem from his Dīwān, the talk will attempt to shed light on the asymmetrical geometry of causality and the mysterious working of destiny.

Gregory VandammeThe Perplexing Geometry of Being: Ibn ʿArabi’s Correlative Ontology and the Notion of thubūt
August 15th: 16:00 AM UK time (16:00 BST)

Gregory Vandamme (Doctoral Researcher, University of Louvain, Belgium)

Reality is described by Ibn ʿArabi as a web of relations in being, which are apprehended through the notional idea of ‘non-being’. Everything that is ‘found’ in being is thus correlated with both being and non-being, as implied by the status of thubūt (‘fixity, establishment’). Through various texts from his Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, we will explore how Ibn ʿArabi links the notion of thubūt with ḥayra (‘perplexity’).

Rim FerianiAlif: the One and the Many
August 29th: 16:00 AM UK time (16:00 BST)

Rim Feriani (Educational Director, MIAS UK, and the University of Westminster, London)

In this talk we will explore the multifaceted forms and meanings of the Alif. As the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, the Alif symbolises the Oneness of the Divine Essence. Yet, by virtue of its variegated visual forms it is also emblematic of God’s Divine Names. Thus, the Alif symbolises His Self-disclosures and the manyness of the created world.

How to register

Register via Eventbrite for Series 3 of the online talks using the button below.

The talks are free to Members and Fellows of the Society (MIAS UK, MIAS USA & MIAS Latina). Paid tickets are available to Non-Members at a cost of £9.00 + a booking fee.

The time of the first talk is different!

The first talk in the series is on Saturday August 1st. Please note that this talk is at 10 AM UK time (10:00 BST). The second and third talks are at 4 PM UK time (16:00 BST).

Videos

Videos of all three talks in Series 1, and the first two from Series 2, 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.

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.


2020 | Online Course

Approaches to the Study of Ibn ‘Arabi and the Akbarian School

“Studies in Sufism” Summer School 2020
24 August to 6 September

Studies in Sufism Summer School 2020The “Studies in Sufism” Summer School in 2020 will consist of online seminars between 26th August and 6th September, covering fundamental aspects of the doctrine of Ibn ʻArabī and approaches to it.

Seminars will take place on Zoom over two weeks, up to a total of twelve meetings. Each meeting will consist of a lecture (approximately one hour) followed by discussion of up to one hour. Students will also have exclusive access to a forum where they can further develop the discourse, interacting with teachers and other participants. Seminars will be in English, and knowledge of Arabic is desirable but not strictly required.

Each seminar will address a different aspect of the teaching of the Shaykh al-Akbar and his followers, from the context in which Ibn ʻArabī emerged in al-Andalus to his technical terminology as expressed in his works and systematized by later authors. This is the provisional programme of seminars:

  • Akbarian technical terminology
  • Hermeneutical approach to Qur’ān
  • Numerological and letter symbolism
  • Poetic imagery and its symbolism
  • Muhammadan wholeness
  • Unity of Being vs Unicity of Existence
  • Andalusi Sufism
  • Ibn ʻArabī’s works: major texts, handwritten sources and their contents
  • Main works of Qūnawī: texts, sources and contents
  • The main Masters of the Akbarian School
  • Qur’anic structure of the works of Ibn ʻArabī
  • The notion of Sanctity according to the Shaykh al-Akbar

For more information | Provisional programme


2020 | Online talks

Australia to Launch a Series of Ibn ʿArabi Online Seminars in September

Ibn Arabi Interreligious Research Initiative (IAI) at Monash University
Beginning 5 September

Caligraphic tilesThe 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. For further details and a link for registration, see the monash.edu/arts/Ibn-Arabi-Interreligious-Research-Initiative.

The inaugural seminar will be given by Stephen Hirtenstein, who will present a paper entitled: ‘Opening the Treasure of Compassion: Overflowing and Circularity in the Thought of Ibn ʿArabi’

It will be delivered on Saturday 5 September 2020. The seminar will run from 7-8pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time), which is 10-11am UK time.


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