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Ibn Arabi Reading Group

On the second Saturday of every month, between 2-4pm (Melbourne time) the Asia-Pacific branch of the Ibn Arabi Society organises an open-to-public Ibn Arabi reading session at Monash University on Clayton campus. Currently the group will be reading the book The Secrets of Voyaging [Kitāb al-Isfār ʿan Natāʾij al-Asfār] through Dr. Angela Jaffray’s annotated edition and English translation. The reading session is followed by a Business Meeting of the MIASAP, which is open to anybody who wants to be involved.

For the code of conduct in this inclusive spiritual meeting, see here.

If you would like to join the meetings, or to get more information, please contact MIAS Asia Pacific mias-ap@ibnarabisociety.org.

The group recently completed reading the Chapter 167 of Ibn Arabi’s encyclopaedic work, The Meccan Openings [al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya], through Dr. Stephen Hirtenstein’s annotated edition and English translation, The Alchemy of Human Happiness.


Sufi Studies Network

Together with Dr Milad Milani from Western Sydney University, the IAI is co-coordinating a “Sufi Studies Network,” an informal email list of scholars and experts interested in the study of Sufism and in sharing relevant developments, activities and opportunities. The list primarily consists of Australian postgraduate academics, but is open to anybody who wants to get connected. To join the network, please send an email to Aydogan: aydogan.kars@monash.edu.

The list of previous talks can be found under Media.


MIAS Education - IAI Workshop Series: “With which eye do I see Him”: Exploring Imagination in Ibn 'Arabi's Meccan Openings

Under the leadership of the MIAS Education team, IAI is organising a free online workshop series focuses on the teachings of the great mystic, Ibn Arabi (1165-1240). The series is run by Rim Feriani and Mark Temple. The course comprises 8 x 1.5 hour online sessions that meet every week between Friday, 20th May, 2022 and Friday, 8th July, 2022.

The Zoom link and the materials related to the workshop series can be found here (not publicly accessible).


Arabic Study Group

Together with Ashkan Bahrani from Vanderbilt University, the IAI is organising a weekly Arabic reading group. On February 25 2022, the group will start reading selections from Ibn Arabi's Mawāqiʿ al-Nujūm. The group meets on Fridays at 11am in Melbourne time.

The Zoom link and the materials related to the Arabic study group can be found here (not publicly accessible).

To join the Arabic study group, please contact Aydogan: aydogan.kars@monash.edu.


Persian Study Group

Together with Dr Ken Avery, the IAI is organising a weekly Persian reading group. On March 18 2022, the group will start reading selections from Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār's Taẕkirat al-Awliyāʾ. The group meets on Fridays at 4pm in Melbourne time.

The Zoom link and the materials related to the Persian study group can be found here (not publicly accessible).

To join the Persian study group, please contact Aydogan: aydogan.kars@monash.edu.


Kashmir - MIASAP Reflection Group

Monash IAI and Ibn Arabi Society Asia-Pacific branch co-organise monthly meetings with the group of scholars based in Kashmir. The reflection group meets on the first Sunday of every month at 4pm in Melbourne time. The reflections focus on pre-assigned readings in mysticism and spirituality.

For more information and to join the group, please contact MIAS Asia Pacific: mias-ap@ibnarabisociety.org