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. On this pages there are details of two ongoing series of talks an two courses.
2020 | Fourth 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 have the form of ‘webinars’, with a presentation of 30-40 minutes, followed by up to one hour’s discussion with participants.
Series 4 began on September 12th, 2020
Tasting, Drinking and Quenching Thirst: From Mystical Experience to Mystical Metaphysics
September 26th: 4.00 PM UK time (16:00 BST)
Alexander Knysh (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and St Petersburg State University, Russia)
The terms ‘tasting’ (dhawq), ‘drinking’ (shirb/shurb) and ‘quenching of thirst’ (riyy) are widely used in early Sufi writings to denote a special type of mystical perception of God and His creation. Originally referring primarily to the mystic’s psychological state (ḥāl), in later Sufi literature and oral teachings, and especially with Ibn al-ʿArabī, these concepts acquire metaphysical/cosmological connotations, and are construed as being shared by both God and His ‘gnostic’ servants (ʿārifūn bi-llāh). This change reflects the wider process of Sufism’s transformation from ascetic-mystical piety to a comprehensive philosophy with its own psychology, epistemology, cosmology and soteriology, which remain actual today.
The Structure of the Universe as a Network
October 10th: 4.00 PM UK time (16:00 BST)
Gracia López Anguita (University of Seville, Spain)
The universe is presented in some of the akbarian cosmological texts as a network of subtle ‘threads’ (raqāʾiq) that connect different elements of Creation. These threads are closely related to the idea of Divine Writing. In this talk, we will explore the places where they intersect with each other and get tied together, and their cosmological implications.
How to register
Registration via Eventbrite for Series 4 of the online talks is now live.
The talks are free to Members and Fellows of the Society (MIAS UK, MIAS USA & MIAS Latina). Paid tickets are available to Non-Members.
Please note that registration for each talk closes 24 hours before the talk is held. That will be at 16:00 BST on the Friday before the talk.
Each Series consists of three talks. A registration made before the first talk will be for all three talks in the Series (at a cost to Non-Members of £9.00 + booking fee). People registering after the Series has begun will be able to attend either the last two talks (non-Members £6.00 + booking fee) or the final talk of the series (non-Members £3.00 + booking fee).
Videos of all three talks in Series 1 and 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.
The first video from Series 3, Samer Akkach on The Geometry of Causality and Unfolding of Destiny, is available on the Society’s YouTube Channel, as is The Perplexing Geometry of Being: Ibn ʿArabi’s Correlative Ontology and the Notion of thubūt, by Gregory Vandamme, (August 15th). These will be added to Society website soon.
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 further details and a link for registration, see the monash.edu/arts/Ibn-Arabi-Interreligious-Research-Initiative [/].
The second talk in the series will be by Prof. Pablo Beneito, University of Murcia, Spain, on “Letters, Numbers and Lexical Roots in Ibn Arabi”. It will take place on Saturday 3 October 2020, between 7.00 and 8.00 PM (Australian Eastern Standard 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 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.