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A translation into French of a work by Ibn ‘Arabi about his spiritual ascension (mi‘râj), which also draws on the commentary of his companion, Ibn Sawdakîn.
Understanding the weakness of the human being – and lowliness, needfulness, the human being’s search for its survival, and the need for its Creator.
Fitzroy Morrissey’s book details how ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jili expanded on this key subject in Ibn ‘Arabi’s writing.
Michel Chodkiewicz contributed immensely to the knowledge of Ibn Arabi in our time. We publish here the opening of Denis Gril’s obituary from Volume 67 of the Society Journal.
James Morris puts in context a quotation from Ibn ‘Arabi on discovering and deepening Compassion.
The Metaphysics of Ibn al-ʿArabī in the Muqaddimat al-Qayṣarī, edited by Mukhtar H. Ali, has been published by Brill in Hardback and E-Book editions on 18 June 2020.
Eric Winkel contributes a comment on a quotation from the Futūḥāt to the MIAS blog.
Pablo Beneito shares his experience of Círculos de Lectura Ibn Arabi (bn ‘Arabi Reading Circles) in MIAS Latina.
A new translation of the Fusûs al-Hikam into French by Paul Ballanfat was published in May 2020.
Professor Keith Critchlow, artist, inspirational teacher and groundbreaking geometer and architectural designer, died peacefully on 8th April 2020.
Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab (1921–2021)
Bakri Aladdin writes to us, ‘It is with great sadness that the Syrian disciples and friends of Shaykh Mahmud Ghurab received the news of his death on 31st January 2021 in Cairo at the age of 99. He was a great Akbarian mystic, whose ten or so books brought the life and work of Ibn ‘Arabi within reach of a broad public in admiration of the Shaykh al-Akbar. May God keep his soul.’
Among his books we may particularly note his edition of Ibn ‘Arabi’s unfinished commentary on the Quran, originally entitled Ījāz al-bayān fī tarjumat al-Qurʾān (‘The Granting of Clarification in interpreting the Quran’), which was published in Damascus in 1410/1989 as Raḥma min al-Raḥmān (‘Mercy from the All-Compassionate One’); and his article in English in Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi: a Commemorative Volume (Shaftesbury, 1993) entitled ‘Muhyiddin Ibn al-ʿArabi amidst Religions and Schools of Thought’.