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Annual Conference of the Ibn 'Arabi Society USA

Symbols of Transformation:
Jesus & Mary in the Teachings of Ibn 'Arabi

November 14-15, 2014

Mary and Jesus in Hagia Sophia

Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi was born in Medieval Spain, then home to an extraordinarily enlightened culture of religious tolerance among Muslims, Jews and Christians, a period that can serve us today as an inspiring example of the possibility of fruitful co-existence and cooperation among different cultures.

As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings can offer us a window into a form of Islam that we in the West are rarely exposed to, as well as a more sophisticated understanding of the more exalted aspects of the Islamic cultural heritage.

This conference will explore Ibn 'Arabi's profound insights into the spiritual realities of Jesus and Mary, offering a fresh perspective of their place in the prophetic lineage stretching from Adam to Mohammad, as well as the powerful message of personal transformation that their spiritual meanings embody.

This year's conference includes talks and workshops from some of the foremost experts on Ibn 'Arabi, poetry readings from Ibn 'Arabi's works, a music performance (details coming soon!), and a buffet luncheon.


The Ibn 'Arabi Society is pleased to partner this year with Zaytuna College, the Muslim liberal arts college, in Berkeley, California.

Zaytuna College
2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Date & Time

Friday, November 14, 2014, from 6:45pm to 9:00pm (PST)

Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 8:45am to 5:00pm (PST)


Register online with Eventbrite

A check can also be mailed to the Society for registration. Please send to:
Ibn 'Arabi Society
38 Miller Ave, #486
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Lunch will be included in the registration fee, courtesy of Zaytuna College.



6:15pm Doors open
6:45pm Welcome
7:00pm Keynote Speech
7:45pm Selected readings from the poetry of Ibn 'Arabi, in Arabic and English
8:00pm Music performance


8:15am Doors open
8:45am - 12:20pm  Plenary Session


1:30pm - 2:45pm  Workshop Session 1
3:00pm - 4:15pm  Workshop Session 2

4:30pm - 5pm  Q&A  

Program is preliminary, and subject to change - please check back for final program details.


The following have accepted invitations to speak and run workshops.

Muhammed RustomMohammed Rustom

Talk: "Sanctity and the Song of Life"

Workshop: "Models of Sanctity"

Michael SellsMichael Sells

Talk: Life in Ibn 'Arabi's "Ringsetting of Prophecy in the Word of Jesus"


Cyrus Ali ZargarCyrus Ali Zargar

Talk: "Bird from the Garden of Meanings: Soul and Speech in Ibn ‘Arabi's Reading of Jesus"

Workshop: "Jesus and the Breath in Persian Sufi Poetry"


Zachary MarkwithZachary Markwith

Talk: "Jesus and Christic Sanctity in Ibn ‘Arabi and Early Islamic Spirituality"

Workshop: "Mary and Fatimah in Islamic, Sufi, and Akbari Traditions"

Maria DakakeMaria Dakake

Title to be announced


This event sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies
Center for Islamic Studies

To learn more about sponsorhip for this event, please contact the Society


For all inquiries, please send email to the Secretary at mias.usa@ibnarabisociety.org