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The Symposium

Each year the Society organizes Symposia in the UK and the USA on an aspect of Ibn 'Arabi's work.

These international gatherings bring together people from many different fields and traditions, and include scholars, students, and anyone interested in what Ibn 'Arabi has to say. These events provide a unique opportunity for both speakers and delegates, specialists and non-specialists, to enrich their understanding of the Shaykh's teachings and their relevance today. The Society also encourages public seminars and lectures and can provide speakers on request.




The Text as Teacher: Rumi's Masnavi

A one-week residential course led by Alan Williams
11 June 2016 to 19 June 2016
The Chisholme Institute, Roberton, Hawick, Scottish Borders

This course starts from the premise that in the text of the Maṡnavi is the presence of the teacher. Attention to this presence is crucially important for the reader to understand this long and profound text, written over 750 years ago in Persian. Reading it today in English requires just as much attentive application as Rumi’s disciples would have had to dedicate to it – whether they were listening to their Master, Mevlana/Mowlānā, in person or studying it in private in the Mevlevi seminary. More information

Alan Williams is British Academy Research Professor and Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. His publications include books and articles ranging from Zoroastrianism to Classical and Modern Persian literature, via Translation Studies and Comparative Literature. He is currently contracted to publish all six volumes of the Maṡnavi with I.B. Tauris of London.