Podcasts and Videos
Various Talks up to 2009 – Part 5
Spiritual Life, Living Spirit – Ibn ‘Arabi’s Meeting with Jesus and John
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
Translations by Stephen Hirtenstein
Podcasts and Videos by Stephen Hirtenstein
“You Are My Mirror”
Cecilia Twinch first came across Ibn Arabi and Rumi when she was studying Modern and Medieval Languages (Spanish and French) at Cambridge University. Books donated by the Ibn Arabi and Rumi scholar R.A. Nicholson and his student A.J. Arberry, complete with handwritten annotations in the margins, were then on display on the open shelves in the University Library. At the same time, she also became involved with what became known as Beshara and benefited from the advice and wisdom of Bulent Rauf, who was the co-founder of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society.
She now lives in Oxford and is a Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society. Besides working as a teacher, translator and editor, she has written numerous articles and has lectured on Ibn Arabi and mysticism worldwide. She is particularly interested in bringing alive the universal relevance of Ibn Arabi’s ideas in the world today.
In addition to Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries, her publications include Know Yourself: An explanation of the oneness of being (translated from Arabic manuscripts attributed to Ibn Arabi and to Awhad al-din Balyani).
Articles by Cecilia Twinch
Podcasts and Videos by Cecilia Twinch
The Levels of the Soul and the Levels of Time
Caner Dagli is currently an associate professor in the Religious Studies department at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA. He specializes in Qur'anic studies, interfaith dialogue, and philosophy.
Born in the United States, Dagli is of Ciracassian descent and has done fieldwork in Turkey. He also spent a year working as special advisor for interfaith affairs to the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan from 2006 to 2007. Among his works are the HarperCollins Study Quran (2015, edited with Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Maria Massi Dakake, Joseph E.B. Lumbard, and Mohammed Rustom) and The Ringstones of Wisdom (2004), a translation of Ibn 'Arabi's Fusus al-hikam .
Articles by Caner Dagli
Podcasts by Caner Dagli
The Young Woman at the Ka‘ba – Love and Infinity
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