Ibn Arabi Symposium: 'Light within darkness, the infinite dimensions of love'

1st June @ 09:00 - 17:30

Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, CB3 0UB Cambridge


Welcome to the Ibn Arabi Symposium: 'Light within darkness, the infinite dimensions of Love'. Join us on Sat Jun 01 2024 at 09:30 AM at the Woolf Institute for a day filled with insightful discussions and reflections on the profound concepts in the teachings of Ibn Arabi. Explore the themes of light, darkness & Love's dimensions through various perspectives and engage in thought-provoking conversations with fellow attendees. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to delve into these matters and their significance in our lives.


Mornings will be formal talks, afternoons smaller workshops, and open discussions.

There will be refreshments and lunch included.


Paolo Urizzi - Title: 'From the depths of the Hidden Treasure: the Love-theophany of the divine Names'.

Paolo Urizzi studied at Al-Azhar in Cairo (1975-1979). In 1997 he founded the journal of traditional studies Perennia Verba. He edits the series on sufism 'I Gioielli' (Il Leone Verde - Turin) and has collaborated with the Officina di Studi Medievali of Palermo. He currently lectures on sufism at the Faculty of Oriental and Comparative Philosophy at the 'Istituto di Scienze Umane' in Rimini. His publications include the annotated translation of Kalabadhi's Kitab al-ta'arruf and several essays on traditional thought, with a focus on Ibn 'Arabi.

Hina Khalid - Title: 'The Finite World as the Habitat of the Infinite: Decoding the Love Languages of Ibn 'Arabi and Rabindranath Tagore'

Hina Khalid is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has successfully defended her PhD dissertation, which offered the first comprehensive comparative study of the theology and poetry of Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). She is particularly interested in the possibilities of comparative theology across Islamic and Indic traditions, and in the ways that shared devotional idioms have formed in and across the Indian subcontinent. Her previous publications have centred on a range of topics, including issues of embodiment, gender, and spirituality across the Christian, Islamic, and Indic worldviews.

Stephen Hirtenstein - Title: ‘A Love Supreme amidst the flames'

Stephen Hirtenstein is a MIAS Senior Research Fellow and Director of Anqa Publishing. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society from 1982 to 2023. Since 2001, he has been working on the MIAS archiving project for the historic manuscripts of Ibn 'Arabi. He works as an Editor for the Encyclopaedia Islamica (Brill in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London) and runs courses on Sufism and Sufi poetry at the University of Oxford. His most recent publications include a three-part article on Ibn 'Arabi’s Fihrist ('Catalogue') in the Journal, and books such as Patterns of Contemplation (2021) and Ibn 'Arabi’s Prayers for the Week (2021). He is currently revising his first book, The Unlimited Mercifier (1999)

Chairs: Stefan Sperl (Introduction) and Omar Zein (Plenary)

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