Podcasts and Videos
Suffering, Love and the Alchemy of Happiness
USA Symposium, Open Center New York, 2019
Better Living Through Alchemy – Some Secrets of Spiritual Medicine
Angela Jaffray completed her BA at UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (1989) and her PhD at Harvard University in Medieval Islamic Philosophy (2000). Her dissertation focused on the introductory logical works of al-Farabi. Since finishing her PhD at Harvard, she has focused on the writings of Ibn Arabi, whose work she was introduced to many years ago at Beshara Swyre Farm. She has published a translation and commentary on Ibn Arabi’s The Universal Tree and the Four Birds (published by Anqa Publishing in 2007) and translated Ibn Arabi’s Kitab al-isfar an nataij al-asfar (The Secrets of Voyaging, Anqa Publishing, 2015). Her translations of Garcia Lorca’s “Sonetos del Amor Oscuro” were published in Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002).
Articles by Angela Jaffray
Podcasts and Videos by Angela Jaffray
Love and Happiness, Suffering and Bewilderment: One of Ibn al-Arabi’s Anti-systematic Treatments of the Human Condition
Oludamini Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on African and African Diasporic Religions as well as Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Spirituality, and Art. He holds a PhD in African Studies and the Study of Religion from Harvard University, and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Dr Ogunnaike's research examines the philosophical dimensions of postcolonial, colonial, and pre-colonial Islamic and indigenous religious traditions of West and North Africa, especially Sufism and Ifa. He is currently working on a book entitled Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions and maintains a digital archive of West African Sufi poetry.
Podcasts by Oludamini Ogunnaike
Beyond Belief: Ibn ‘Arabi on the Perennial Challenges of Realization
James Winston Morris
James W. Morris (Boston College) has taught and published widely on Islamic and religious studies over the past 40 years at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in Paris and London, serving recently as visiting professor in Istanbul, Paris, and Jogjakarta. He has lived and studied in regions from Morocco to Indonesia, and he lectures and leads workshops in many countries on Islamic philosophy and theology, Sufism, the Islamic humanities (poetry, music, and visual arts), the Quran and hadith, and esoteric Shiism. Recently he has led interfaith study-abroad programs centering on sacred sites, pilgrimage, sainthood, and related arts and architecture in Turkey and France.
His publications include: Openings:From the Qur’an to the Islamic Humanities (forthcoming); Approaching Ibn ‘Arabi : Foundations, Contexts, Interpretations (forthcoming); Ma‘rifat ar-Rūh in Nur Ali Elahi's Knowing the Spirit (2007), and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabī’s "Meccan Illuminations"(2005).
Articles by James W. Morris
Ibn ‘Arabi and his Interpreters I – Four overviews, description of the following:
Ibn Arabi and His Interpreters — Grouping I:
Theophany or “Pantheism” – The Importance of Balyani’s Risalat al-Ahadiya
The Continuing Relevance of Qaysari’s Thought: Divine Imagination and the Foundation of Natural Spirituality
Review: La destinée de l’homme selon Avicenne: Le retour à Dieu (maad) et l’imagination by Jean Michot
Review: Kitab al-inbah ‘ala Tariq Allah de ‘Abdallah Badr al-Habashi
Review: La Risala de Safi al-Din ibn Abi l-Mansur ibn Zafir
Review: Manjhan, Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance
Review: Mirror of the Intellect: Essays on Traditional Science and Sacred Art
An Arab “Machiavelli”? – Rhetoric, Philosophy and Politics in Ibn Khaldun’s Critique of “Sufism”
Review: Islamic Mysticism Contested: Thirteen Centuries of Controversies and Polemics
Review: Ibn Arabi and the Later Islamic Tradition: The Making of a Polemical Image in Medieval Islam
Review: Theodicy in Islamic Thought: The Dispute over al-Ghazali’s “Best of All Possible Worlds”