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Light and Knowledge, Annual Symposium in the UK, Wolfson College, Oxford : Saturday March 19, 2016.

Tolerance and Compassion in Ibn 'Arabi's Thought, London December 5th, 2015. A seminar led by Jane Clark.

An afternoon with Robert Darr : Ibn 'Arabi Society Seminar, Berkeley, CA. Sunday, December 6th, 2015.

Andalusia 2016, Anqa tour "in the footsteps of Ibn 'Arabi", May 26 – June 9, 2016.

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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.

Light and Knowledge

Saturday March 19, 2016 – Wolfson College, Oxford , UK

The 33rd Symposium of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society in the UK will be held on 19th March, 2016, at Wolfson College, Oxford. This year it will be a one-day event, with doors opening at 9.00 a.m. and finishing at 6.00 p.m. A full programme will be available nearer the time.

About the speakers


Todd Lawson is emeritus professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto where he taught for 25 years. He has published widely on Qur'an commentary, the Qur'an as literature, Sufism, Shi'i Islam and the Babi and Bahai traditions. His book on Jesus in Islamic thought, The Crucifixion and the Qur'an was published in 2009 (Oneworld), his Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam in 2011 (Routledge). The article, "Qur'an and Epic" appeared recently in The Journal of Qur’anic Studies (2014: 16.1). This and other of his publications are available at He is now writing a book on the Qur'an as sacred epic. He lives in Montreal.

Provisional title of paper: Water, Light, Knowledge and the Ecology of Imagination.


Sara Sviri has since 2002 been a distinguished visiting professor in the Department of Arabic and the Department of Comparative Religions at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously she taught at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London and at the University of Oxford. She retired from academic teaching in 2012 and has since been engaged in lecturing and teaching on Sufism outside of academia, in Israel and elsewhere. Her fields of study are Islamic mysticism, mystical philosophy and psychology, comparative and phenomenological aspects of Islam, the formative period of Islamic mysticism, and related topics. Papers on these topics have been published in many academic publications and can be viewed on Her book The Taste of Hidden Things: Images on the Sufi Path was published in 1997 in the USA. In 2008, Tel-Aviv University Press published her extensive Sufi Anthology in Hebrew.

Provisional title of paper: Beyond the Opposites: Identities and How to Survive Them in Light of the Light of Oneness.

Ahmad Sukkar

Ahmad Sukkar has recently completed the Imam Bukhari Visiting Research Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies with a project about the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on the relationship between Islamic philosophy and mysticism. He holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently preparing his doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph on architectural humanities, along with another monograph on human reality. In collaboration with Professor Samer Akkach (University of Adelaide), he is working towards publishing a critical edition of early modern Arabic text on human reality upon which his doctorate was based. His publications in English include ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi of Damascus (d. 1143/1731) and the Mawlawi Sufi Tradition which appears in the Mawlana Rumi Review (2014) and can be downloaded from

Provisional title of paper: Ibn 'Arabi, Suhrawardi, and Nabulusi on Light and Knowledge.

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Provisional Programme

Saturday, March 19th

9.00 am Doors open

9.15 Registration begins

10.00 Introduction

10.30 Sara Sviri: Beyond the Opposites: Identities and How to Survive Them in Light of the Light of Oneness

11.30 Coffee

12.00 pm Ahmad Sukkar: Title to be announced

1.00 Lunch

2.30 Todd Lawson: Water, Light, Knowledge and the Ecology of Imagination.

3.30 Workshops

4.45 Tea

5.15 Plenary

5.45 End

There may be changes to this programme. Updates will be posted here.

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The registration fee includes a two course buffet lunch, tea and coffee. Details of the lunch choices can be found on the booking forms.

Bookings close on Wednesday March 16th, but if you require a special diet for lunch, please book by 11th March, 2016.

Registration fees
Member £65
Non-member £70
Full-time student with ID* £50

* Please bring student ID to the Symposium.

How to register

To pay by card, please use the Eventbrite Online Registration Form. (Clicking on this link will take you to another website – Eventbrite – which hosts our registration form.)

  • The online form shows the tickets available to the general public. MIAS Members have been sent an access code by e-mail and should enter this before selecting any tickets. Look for the "Enter promotional code" link at the bottom of the list, near the green Order Now button. Rates available to Members will now be displayed at the top of the list.
  • General information about the Symposium is shown lower down – scroll down to view this.
  • Choices for lunch: These appear as you make your booking.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please use the printable form.

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The Venue – Wolfson College

Wolfson College is an all-graduate college, part of the University of Oxford. It is located in north Oxford along the River Cherwell. The college is a short walk from bus stops in the Banbury Road, which connect it to the city centre and railway stations. It has free parking for up to 50 cars.

Accommodation in Oxford

There are many places to stay in Oxford within different price bands, including a good Youth Hostel within walking distance of the city centre. The Oxford Information Centre is a good source of information about hotels and B&Bs. 

Early booking for accommodation in Oxford is essential.

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Who to contact

For further information, please contact the Symposium organiser, Richard Twinch

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Tolerance and Compassion in Ibn 'Arabi's Thought

London, UK. Saturday December 5, 2015.

A Seminar led by Jane Clark, Senior Research Fellow of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, organised by the Beshara Trust.
Saturday 5th December, 2-5 pm. Admission free. Donations welcome.
It will take place at The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL.
For more details or to book, please email

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Ibn 'Arabi Society Seminar: An afternoon with Robert Darr

Berkeley, CA: Sunday, December 6, 2015

Waking to the Embrace: Applying Ibn 'Arabi's Teachings on Embodiment

Robert Darr

Robert Abdul Hayy Darr has been a student of the spiritual culture of Islam for 45 years. In the late 1960s, he studied North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in California. By the early 1980s, Darr began studying Persian literature where he first encountered the teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi in the works of Abdurrahman Jami of Herat. This began a life-long interest in the Shaykh’s profound teachings. In 1987, Darr met Afghanistan’s poet laureate in exile, Ustad Khalilullah Khalili and this friendship led to his English translation of the poet’s quatrains in 1989. From 1988-2007, Darr was tutored in Persian miniature painting by Ustad Homayon Etemadi, Afghanistan’s last court painter and royal librarian. Darr was the disciple of the Afghan Sufi poet Raz Mohammed Zaray from 1992 until the poet’s death in 2010.
This talk, followed by discussion, will take place in the Parlor Room at Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Book a place here

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Andalusia 2016

Anqa tour, May 26 – June 9, 2016

Anqa Publishing has announced a new tour of Andalusia will be held in 2016: starting in Murcia on Thursday 26th May, with a two-day conference, and finishing in Seville on Thursday 9th June. These tours "In the footsteps of Ibn 'Arabi" have been very popular. You can see an interactive map of the 2014 tour here. Space is limited so early booking is advised. More information.

Islamic Mysticism

London, UK, 20 April 2017 to 22 June 2017
Temenos Academy
with Jane Clark

Jane Clark will be responsible for a 10-week module covering Islamic Mysticism, part of the two year Temenos Academy Foundation Course in Perennial Philosophy. The whole course runs from October 2015 to June 2017. Jane's contribution is the final term of the second year, from April to June 2017.

Weeks 1-5: A study of the full text of ’Attar’s The Conference of the Birds, introducing basic tenets and practices of Sufism.
Weeks 6-10: An introduction to the work of Ibn ’Arabi, organised according to five themes: creation, the human being, the symbolic universe, self-knowledge, love and beauty.
Textual Sources: Attar, The Conference of the Birds. Ibn ’Arabi, Selections from Fusus al-hikam (The Ringstones of Wisdom), al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya (The Meccan Revelations), Ruh al-quds (The Holy Spirit in the Counselling of the Soul), Kitab al-Isfar (The Book of Journeying).

For information about the course, see the Temenos website.


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