Symposium on Muhyi ad-Din Ibn Arabi in Cordoba
Regional, Local, 9/17/2004
Roger Garaudi Establishment is organizing a symposium on Sheikh Muhyi ad-Din Ibn Arabi in 24-27 September at the "Library of Reviving Andalusia" in Cordoba, Spain.
An elite of specialized scholars in Ibn Arabi from Madrid, Cordoba and Seville Universities in Spain, Universities of Istanbul, Turkey, Sorbonne France, Cambridge and Akzter, Britain and Philadelphia, U.S.A., will participate in the Symposium.
Suad al-Hakim, Scholar of Philosophy at the Lebanese University and Abdullah al-Khani, Member of Roger Garaudi Establishment will take part at the symposium.
The symposium came in the framework of marking the anniversary of this famous scientific and Sufi prominent character in the history of Sufism.
Exhibitions and concerts will be held during the symposium in the city of Murcia and other Spanish cities.
The Symposium will be attended by senior scientific characters, including Spain's Culture Minister, Cordoba Governor, Arab Ambassadors and scientific characters.
Ibn Arabi, Muhyi ad-Din Mohammad bin Ali al-Hatimi at-Tai 1165-1240, was a Muslim Sufi mystic born in Murcia in Spain. His pilgrimage to Mecca evolved into a two-year extended stay. His numerous travels, punctuated by his prolific writings, ended in Damascus, where he settled in 1230 and lived until his death.
Considered one of the greatest of Islamic metaphysical thinkers, his works include "al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya" (the Mecca Revolutions), begun in Mecca and containing a full exposition of his Sufi doctrine, "Fusus al-Hikma", ( Bezels of Wisdom), a summary of the teachings of 28 prophets, from Adam to Mohammed, dictated to Ibn Arabi by the prophet Islam in the dream; and Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, a love poem on which he later wrote an extensive commentary to explain its inner or hidden meaning. Ibn Arabi viewed the knowledge acquired through reason or through mystic states as inferior to that coming from God and acquired through a profound mystic training. God, in Ibn Arabi's thought, is represented as a quasi-unknowable existence free of all attributes.
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