Podcasts and Videos

Islam, Sufism and the Heart of Compassion

Ibn Arabi Conference, presented by the Ibn Arabi Society and the Open Center, New York City, November 2009

Sachiko Murata

Sachiko Murata is a professor of religion and Asian studies at Stony Brook University. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She received her B.A. from Chiba University, Japan, and later attended Iran’s University of Tehran, where she was the first woman ever to study fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at that school. She received her Ph.D. in Persian literature, but shortly before completing her Ph.D. in fiqh, the Iranian Revolution caused her and her husband William Chittick to leave the country. Since 1983 she has taught at State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has been the director of Japanese Studies since its founding in 1990 and regularly teaches Introduction to Japanese Studies, Japanese Buddhism, Feminine Spirituality in World Religions, and Islam and Confucianism.

Her publications include The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (2009), The Vision of Islam (with William Chittick, 2006), Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light (with William Chittick and Tu Wei-ming, 2000), and The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought (1992).

 

Articles by Sachiko Murata

The Unity of Being in Liu Chih’s “Islamic Neoconfucianism”

Women of Light in Sufism

 

Podcasts by Sachiko Murata

Ibn Arabi in Dialogue with the Confucian Tradition

Mohamed Haj Yousef

Mohemed bin Ali Haj Yousef is a writer and researcher specializing in Islamic thought, especially with regard to mysticism and Ibn Arabi. He studied physics in Syria and earned a degree in physics from the University of Aleppo in 1989 and a Postgraduate Diploma in electronics from the same university in 1990,followed by a  Master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1992. After a period of work in the field of teaching, he studied Islamic philosophy, where he received a PhD from the University of Exeter in UK in the year 2005, where he studied the concept of time in Ibn Arabi’s cosmology and compared it with modern theories of physics and cosmology. He an Instructor in the Physics Department at the College of Science, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

https://faculty.uaeu.ac.ae/mhajyousef/ [/]

 

Articles by Mohemed Haj Yousef

Ibn Arabi: the Treasury of Absolute Mercy

 

Podcasts by Mohemed Haj Yousef

Ibn Arabi’s View of the Cosmos

Interview on “Science, Health and Healing” Radio Show, Pacifica Radio

The Cosmic Heart: the Heart of the Perfect Human

The Mystic’s Kaaba – The Wisdom of the Heart According to Ibn Arabi

Stephen Hirtenstein

Stephen Hirtenstein has been editor of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society since its inception in 1982, and is a co-founder of Anqa Publishing [/].

He read History at King’s College, Cambridge, and then studied at the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education in Gloucestershire and Scotland. After a teaching career, he began writing and giving talks on Ibn Arabi’s thought at conferences across the world.

In addition to lecturing and writing, he organises and leads tours "in the footsteps of Ibn Arabi".

He currently works as a Senior Editor for the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and lives near Oxford.

 

Articles by Stephen Hirtenstein

The Image of Guidance – Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi as Hadith Commentator

Establishing Ibn Arabi’s Heritage: First Findings from the MIAS Archiving Project | with Jane Clark (PDF)

“I entrust to you a bequest” – Ibn Sawdakin | Translation

Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi: The Treasure of Compassion

Selected Major Works of Ibn Arabi

Seleção das maiores obras de Ibn Arabi (Portuguese)

De Volta a Deus (Ibn Arabī 1182–1184) – Capítulo 5 de O Compassivo Ilimitado (Portuguese)

Some Preliminary Notes on al-Diwan al-kabir

The Brotherhood of Milk – Perspectives of Knowledge in the Adamic Clay

“O Marvel!” – A Paradigm Shift towards Integration

The Mystic’s Kaaba – The Cubic Wisdom of the Heart According to Ibn Arabi

Physical Sustenance in Sufi Literature: A Case-study of a Treatise by Abd Allah al-Busnawi | with Hülya Küçük

Malatyan Soil, Akbarian Fruit: From Ibn Arabi to Nyazi Misri

The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi | with Pablo Beneito| Part 1, the Introduction

The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi | with Pablo Beneito| Part 2, the Translation

Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi’s al-Nusus | with Hülya Küçük

Names and Titles of Ibn [al-]‘Arabi

 

Translations by Stephen Hirtenstein

Kitâb al-fâna’ fi-l mushâhadah by Ibn ‘Arabi

 

Podcasts and Videos by Stephen Hirtenstein

The Healer of Wounds: Interpreting Human Existence in the Light of Alchemy and Ascension

Reviving the Dead: Ibn Arabi as the Heir to Jesus

Introduction to the “Light & Knowledge” Conference

The Mystic’s Kaaba – The Wisdom of the Heart According to Ibn Arabi

“O Marvel!” – A Paradigm Shift towards Integration

Spiritual Life, Living Spirit – Ibn Arabi’s Meeting with Jesus and John

The Secrets of Voyaging

William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick is a philosoper, writer, translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his work on Rumi and Ibn Arabi, and he has written extensively on the school of Ibn Arabi, Islamic philosophy and Islamic cosmology.

Born in Milford, Connecticut, Chittick finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and then went on to complete a PhD in Persian literature at University of Tehran under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in 1974. He taught comparative religion at Tehran’s Aryamehr Technical University and left Iran before the revolution. Chittick is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his academic contributions in 2014.

To pick out a few books from the 22 listed on his website, the following have been hugely important contributions to modern studies of Ibn 'Arabi: Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al-‛Arabī and the Problem of Religious Diversity (1994, translated into German, Indonesian, Persian, Spanish, Turkish); The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Metaphysics of Imagination (1989, translated into Persian, Turkish, and partially into Indonesian); The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Cosmology (1998); Ibn ‛Arabi: Heir to the Prophets (2005, translated into Albanian, Arabic, German, Persian, Turkish). The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (2009, with Sachiko Murata and Tu Weiming);

https://www.williamcchittick.com/ [/]

 

Articles by William C. Chittick

Ibn Arabi’s own Summary of the Fusus (PDF)

The Chapter Headings of the Fusus (PDF)

Two Chapters from the Futuhat (PDF)

The Last Will and Testament of Sadr al-Din Qunawi – Translation

The Central Point – Qunawi’s Role in the School of Ibn Arabi

Jami on Divine Love and the Image of Wine

The Divine Roots of Human Love

Presence with God

The Wisdom of Animals

Death and the Afterlife (PDF, Arabic)

The Anthropology of Compassion

The Religion of Love Revisited

Ibn Arabi: The Doorway to an Intellectual Tradition

Qunawi on the One wujud

Commentary on a Hadith by Sadr al-Din Qunawi

 

Podcasts by William C. Chittick

Ibn Arabi: The Doorway into an Intellectual Tradition

The Religion of Love Revisited

The Anthropology of Compassion in Ibn Arabi’s Futuhat

Interview of 2009 on the Radio Show “Science, Health and Healing”

The Wisdom of Animals

The Poetry of Ibn Arabi – Recitations from the Tarjuman al-ashwaq

Michael Sells

Michael Sells is a professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He is an authority on Ibn al-'Arabi as well as one of the most distinguished contemporary translators of classical Arabic poetry. His books include: Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes (Wesleyan); Mystical Languages of Unsaying (Chicago); Early Islamic Mysticism (Paulist Press); The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia (California); Approaching the Quran (White Cloud); and The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: Andalus (Cambridge) as two full translations of Ibn 'Arabi’s Tarjuman al-ashwaq, Stations of Desire (2000) and Bewildered (2018).

 

Articles by Michael Sells

Ibn Arabi’s Poem 18 (Qif bi l-Manazil) from the Translation of Desires

Ibn Arabi’s “Gentle Now, Doves of the Thornberry and Moringa Thicket” (ala ya hamamati l-arakati wa l-bani), Poem 11 from the Translation of Desires

Selections from Ibn Arabi’s Tarjuman al-ashwaq (Translation of Desires)

 

Podcasts and Videos by Michael Sells

Bewildered – A New Translation of Ibn Arabi’s Tarjuman Poems

Selected Readings from the Poetry of Ibn Arabi

Life in Ibn Arabi’s “Ringsetting of Prophecy in the Word of Jesus”

Ibn Arabi's Lyric Mysticism and the Persian-Arabic Love Affair

Interview with on WBAI Radio

The Poetry of Ibn Arabi – Recitations from the Tarjuman al-ashwaq

The Young Woman at the Kaaba – Love and Infinity

Taoufiq Ben-Amor

Prof. Ben Amor specializes in Arabic language and linguistics, language and identity, Arab music, and music in Sufism. His research combines his interests in music, language and identity in the Arab world through the study of lyrics. His most recent papers are entitled “Language through Literature” and “The Making of Tradition: Standardization of the Lyrics of the Tunisian Andalusian Malouf.” He published a textbook on Tunisian Arabic in 1988 and a composition manual in 1990. Other papers he wrote include “States of Mind: Music in Islamic Sufi Rituals,” “The Politics of Language and the Formalization of the Iraqi Maqam” and “Code Switching in Algerian Rai Music”. Professor Ben Amor is also an active musician (vocalist, percussionist and oud player) and music producer.

 

Podcasts by Taoufiq Ben-Amor

The Poetry of Ibn Arabi – Recitations from the Tarjuman al-ashwaq

Aaron Cass

Aaron Cass has been an actor, musician, composer and co-founder of the Vastearth Orchestra, with whom he produced two albums issued by Beshara Publications. A Garden Amidst Flames is a recording of 31 extracts from four works by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and two followers. In Green Bird the musical content was extended, with some of the texts set as songs and some purely instrumental pieces.

Aaron studied Ibn Arabi and Rumi, amongst others, at the Beshara School in Scotland, where he was both a student and correlator.

 

Articles by Aaron Cass

The Ransom and the Ruin

 

Podcasts by Aaron Cass

Recitation of Ibn Arabi’s Poetry in Arabic and English

The Poetry of Ibn Arabi – Recitations from the Tarjuman al-ashwaq

Pre-conference Interview on WBAI Radio

With host Majid Ali, 12 October 2009

William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick is a philosoper, writer, translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his work on Rumi and Ibn Arabi, and he has written extensively on the school of Ibn Arabi, Islamic philosophy and Islamic cosmology.

Born in Milford, Connecticut, Chittick finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and then went on to complete a PhD in Persian literature at University of Tehran under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in 1974. He taught comparative religion at Tehran’s Aryamehr Technical University and left Iran before the revolution. Chittick is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his academic contributions in 2014.

To pick out a few books from the 22 listed on his website, the following have been hugely important contributions to modern studies of Ibn 'Arabi: Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al-‛Arabī and the Problem of Religious Diversity (1994, translated into German, Indonesian, Persian, Spanish, Turkish); The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Metaphysics of Imagination (1989, translated into Persian, Turkish, and partially into Indonesian); The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-‛Arabī’s Cosmology (1998); Ibn ‛Arabi: Heir to the Prophets (2005, translated into Albanian, Arabic, German, Persian, Turkish). The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (2009, with Sachiko Murata and Tu Weiming);

https://www.williamcchittick.com/ [/]

 

Articles by William C. Chittick

Ibn Arabi’s own Summary of the Fusus (PDF)

The Chapter Headings of the Fusus (PDF)

Two Chapters from the Futuhat (PDF)

The Last Will and Testament of Sadr al-Din Qunawi – Translation

The Central Point – Qunawi’s Role in the School of Ibn Arabi

Jami on Divine Love and the Image of Wine

The Divine Roots of Human Love

Presence with God

The Wisdom of Animals

Death and the Afterlife (PDF, Arabic)

The Anthropology of Compassion

The Religion of Love Revisited

Ibn Arabi: The Doorway to an Intellectual Tradition

Qunawi on the One wujud

Commentary on a Hadith by Sadr al-Din Qunawi

 

Podcasts by William C. Chittick

Ibn Arabi: The Doorway into an Intellectual Tradition

The Religion of Love Revisited

The Anthropology of Compassion in Ibn Arabi’s Futuhat

Interview of 2009 on the Radio Show “Science, Health and Healing”

The Wisdom of Animals

Pre-conference Interview on WBAI Radio

With host Majid Ali, 13 October 2009

Mohamed Haj Yousef

Mohemed bin Ali Haj Yousef is a writer and researcher specializing in Islamic thought, especially with regard to mysticism and Ibn Arabi. He studied physics in Syria and earned a degree in physics from the University of Aleppo in 1989 and a Postgraduate Diploma in electronics from the same university in 1990,followed by a  Master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1992. After a period of work in the field of teaching, he studied Islamic philosophy, where he received a PhD from the University of Exeter in UK in the year 2005, where he studied the concept of time in Ibn Arabi’s cosmology and compared it with modern theories of physics and cosmology. He an Instructor in the Physics Department at the College of Science, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE

https://faculty.uaeu.ac.ae/mhajyousef/ [/]

 

Articles by Mohemed Haj Yousef

Ibn Arabi: the Treasury of Absolute Mercy

 

Podcasts by Mohemed Haj Yousef

Ibn Arabi’s View of the Cosmos

Interview on “Science, Health and Healing” Radio Show, Pacifica Radio

The Cosmic Heart: the Heart of the Perfect Human