Podcasts and Videos
Various Talks up to 2009 – Part 4
Radical Vision and Universal Religion in Ibn al-‘Arabi
Dr Salman Bashier is an independent researcher who obtained his doctorate from the University of Utah. His PhD was published in 2004 under the title Ibn al-Arabi’s Barzakh: the Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World. He was formerly a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and a Polonsky Fellow. He is the author of several articles on Islamic mystical and philosophical thought in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. His book The Story of Islamic Philosophy: Ibn Tufayl, Ibn al-Arabi and Others on the Limit between Naturalism and Traditionalism was published in 2012, and his book (in Arabic) A Window On the Unseen: Between Ibn al-Arabi and Averroes, On Imagination, Conjunction, and Knowledge of the Self was published in December 2016.
Podcasts and Videos by Salman Bashier
Crossing Borders: The Question of Human Belonging and Ibn ‘Arabi’s Theory of Perpetual Transformation
Elias Amidon is the spiritual director of the Sufi Way International, a western Sufi Order in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan. He has worked as an architect and urban planning consultant. For a number of years he worked with indigenous tribes in northern Thailand and Burma on land rights issues, and has led citizen-to-citizen delegations to Burma, Thailand, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine. He is currently a director of the Abraham Path Initiative. He is co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers and Prayers for a Thousand Years.
Podcasts by Elias Amidon
“As if you saw Him”; vision and best action (ihsân) in Ibn ‘Arabi’s thought
Jane Clark is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society and has worked particularly on the Society’s Archiving Project as well as looking after the library.
She has been studying Ibn Arabi for more than forty years, and is engaged in teaching courses and lecturing on his thought both in the UK (including Oxford University and Temenos Academy) and abroad (including Egypt, Australia and the USA), and in research and translation of the Akbarian heritage. She has a particular interest in the correlation of Ibn Arabi’s thought with contemporary issues. She organises the MIAS Young Writers Award.
Jane Clark was a co-founder of The Journal of Consciousness Studies and is currently editor of the Beshara Magazine [/]. She has presented many courses as part of the program of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. A list of the freely available resources created or selected by her as a tutor can be found here:
Articles by Jane Clark
Podcasts and Videos by Jane Clark
Building an Akbarian Tradition for the New Millenium: Toward a New Theology of Difference
Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2000–2006, he was Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas. From 1991–2000, he taught at Duke University.
His published works include over twenty articles and three books, including The Way of Abu Madyan (Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996) and Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1998).
Voices of Islam (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger, 2007, 5 volumes) is a comprehensive introduction to Islamic religion, thought, life and civilization includes chapters by 50 Muslim authors, including many of the premier scholars of Islamic Studies.
Dr. Cornell’s interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from Sufism to theology and Islamic law. He lived and worked in Morocco for nearly six years and has spent considerable time both teaching and doing research in Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He is currently working on projects on Islamic ethics and moral theology in conjunction with the Shalom Hartmann Institute in Jerusalem and the Elijah Interfaith Institute. For several years, he has been a key participant the Building Bridges Seminars hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Articles by Vincent Cornell
Podcasts by Vincent Cornell
By Way of Essential Meaning
Peter Coates was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, where he taught courses in the philosophy of psychology. Since retiring he has, in the context of courses offered by the Beshara School, been involved, both in the UK and Australia, in residential courses for students of Ibn Arabi.
His book Ibn ʿArabi and Modern Thought - The history of taking metaphysics seriously was issued by Anqa Publishing.
Articles by Peter Coates
Podcasts by Peter Coates
Naught but Love
Pablo Beneito is currently Professor at the Department of Translation and Interpreting in the Faculty of Letters, University of Murcia, Spain.
He has been studying the works of Ibn Arabi since he chose to do his doctorate in Arabic philology at the Complutense University of Madrid, after which he spent nine years teaching at the University of Seville in the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hauts Etudes), in Kyoto University (ASAFAS) and in Toledo (Escuela de Traductores). As a specialist in Sufi thought, he has given courses throughout the world, and helped organise more than 14 international conferences. He heads MIAS Latina [/], an independent organisation affiliated to the Ibn Arabi Society, for speakers of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
He has edited and translated (into Spanish) Ibn Arabi’s Mashahid al-asrar and Kashf al-ma’na. He is currently working on several of Ibn Arabi’s shorter treatises, including Kitab al-Abadilah.
Together with Stephen Hirtenstein he translated The Seven Days of the Heart - Ibn ʿArabi's Awrad al-usbu (Wird), and togther with Cecilia Twinch, Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries - Mashahid al-asrar al-qudsiyya.
Articles by Pablo Beneito
The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi: Part 1, the Introduction; with Stephen Hirtenstein
The Prayer of Blessing [upon the Light of Muhammad] by Abd al-Aziz al-Mahdawi: Part 2, the Translation; with Stephen Hirtenstein
Podcasts and Videos by Pablo Beneito
“Whoever knows himself…” in the Futuhat
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”