Date & Time
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
James Morris, Oludamini Ogunnaike, Angela Jaffray, and Deniz Mater
Moderated by Jane Carroll and Nikos Yiangou
Mystic, philosopher, and renowned Sufi, Ibn ‘Arabi is known as one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. He believed that each person comes into the world with the potential for living in complete happiness, but instead, we take on self-defeating beliefs and suffering. Our experiences of grief and loss can only be offset by how we integrate the power of love in our lives, not just with loved ones but for everything. It’s how we heal our separateness from others and our life’s sorrows.
In this day-long event, we will discover that Ibn ‘Arabi speaks directly to our most sacred self, which is already whole, with messages that are still relevant today and can inspire change within us.
Note: This program includes three morning lectures, an afternoon series of workshops in breakout spaces and a final panel discussion.
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A One-Day Symposium
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Members $140/ Nonmembers $175
New York Open Center
Angela Jaffray is an independent scholar, specializing in the translation of and commentary on the short works of Ibn ‘Arabī. Her translation of Ibn ‘Arabī’s The Universal Tree and the Four Birds was published by Anqa Publications in 2007. Her most recent translation and commentary of Ibn ‘Arabī’s The Secrets of Voyaging was published by Anqa Publications in 2015.
Deniz Mater is a board member of Ibn Arabi Society in US and holds a Master’s Degree from Uskudar University, Institute for Sufi Studies in Istanbul. She studies Ibn Arabi’s influence on today’s globalized world where various cultures and faiths interact more due to increased mobility and enhancements in technology, and where we need more of inclusion, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect.
James Morris, PhD, is Professor of Islamic Studies at Boston College has and has taught Islamic and religious studies at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Sorbonne. He is the author of Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabi’s ‘Meccan Illuminations.’
Oludamini Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on African and African Diasporic Religions as well as Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Spirituality, and Art. He is currently working on a book entitled, Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions and maintains a digital archive of West African Sufi poetry.
Jane Carroll is a Senior Research Fellow of the Ibn ‘Arabi Society and is Secretary of the Society in the US. She first studied the works of Ibn ‘Arabi at the Beshara School in Scotland in the 1970s while concurrently studying at the Architectural Association in London with a specific interest in traditional geometry and Islamic architecture. She currently has a design practice in Ojai, California.
Nikos Yiangou holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from ITP, and is a senior manager at Adobe Systems, focused on enterprise web publication and globalization. He is currently President of the United States branch of the Ibn ‘Arabi Society, which promotes the teachings and translations of this great spiritual teacher through annual conferences, seminars and publications.