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Friday & Saturday, December 1-2, 2017 | The Futuhat Project: The world of Muhyiddin Ibn al-‘Arabi | A two-day workshop with Dr. Eric Winkel | Advance Registration Online – $50

The Futuhat Project
The world of Muhyiddin Ibn al-‘Arabi
A two-day workshop with Dr. Eric Winkel
December 1-2, 2017 – New York City

Friday Night Lecture

7:30 pm – doors open

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Futuhat Project:
The world of Muhyiddin Ibn al-‘Arabi

Saturday Workshop

9:30 am – doors open

10:00 am – 11:30 am – Session 1
The mirror, the shadow, and the mother

11:30 am – 12:00 pm- break

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Session 2
The (sexual) grammar of Be!, hearing the scratching pens of destiny, and fihi ma fihi

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – lunch break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Session 3
Finding a signpost in the world

5:00 pm – end

Event Registration

Friday Night & Saturday
$50: Advance registration (online) »
$60: At the door
$30: Member »
$30: Student (ID required at the door) »

Friday Night only
$15: Friday Night only »

Saturday only
$45: Saturday only »


Dergah al-Farah
245 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
tel: 212.966.9773

The Futuhat Project is Dr. Eric Winkel’s translation project of the entirety of Muhyiddin Ibn al-‘Arabi’s al-Futuhat al-Makkiyah, The Openings Revealed in Makkah. To learn more please visit

The Youth said, “I am the ripened meadow, the universal harvest, so lift my veils and recite what is contained etched in my lines; what you learn from me, put in your book, and speak directly in it to everyone dearest to you.” I lifted his veils and I observed his etched lines, and there shone to my eyes his light that was deposited with- in him, all that he contained and encompassed of hidden knowledge. The first line I recited and the first mystery from that line which I learned are what I shall cite now in this second chapter following. And God, exalted beyond, is the guide to knowledge and to an evened path.

Throughout the Openings Revealed in Makkah we hear the two imperatives: Learn, and Verify for yourself. The six sections of the Youth, etched in light and revealed to Ibn al-Arabi, correspond to six processes we seek to learn, and verify for ourselves. The all-day workshop gives us time to process what we learn, and prepares us to verify for ourselves all along our spiritual paths.

The six sections are as follows. Recognitions: what we need to recognize. Interactions: how we need to interact, among ourselves, and fundamentally as creatures with the Creator. States: how we are, and how we can learn from our transitory, passing states and situations. Mansions: where we learn. Alighting places: where we meet with the Kind, the Compassionate; the One who descends to the sky of this world in the third part of the night. And Stations: the context and siting of places where we learn.

You discover the beauty of the Openings when you begin to find languages that express exactly what you know, perhaps deep within, perhaps inchoately, perhaps unconsciously. The sacred text you know has been speaking to you suddenly begins to be tying together all you know. You know why you love the beloved. You know how to love the beloved. Ibn al-Arabi speaks from the heart of the Youth, to the heart of all who are ready to be cast onto the path, and who are on the path. Even at ten thousand pages, hand-written over three years, Ibn al-Arabi calls the Openings Revealed in Makkah a hastily assembled provision sack for you to draw upon during your journey. These provisions nourish and encourage the committed traveler, the traveler prepared to do the work that is the propulsion along the path.

concert, events

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | SOLD OUT – Gnawa Lila with Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer and Innov Gnawa | 8:00 PM | Advance Tickets: $30 | At Door: $35


In this intimate and sacred gnawa gathering, Innov Gnawa will take you through a traditional gnawa ceremony called a lila (pronounced lee-la). The lila, meaning “night”, ritual usually takes place from dusk to dawn in private homes where the community gathers for spiritual healing. In this rare 4-hour immersive experience, Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer and Innov Gnawa will invite listeners into this private ceremony and take audiences through the seven colors of gnawa.

Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer – vocals and sintir
Samir Langus – vocals and qraqeb
Amino Belyamani- vocals and qraqeb
Ahmed Jeriouda- vocals and qraqeb
Nawfal Atiq- vocals and qraqeb
Said Bourhana- vocals and qraqeb
Kareem Ababo – vocals and qraqeb

About Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa is a musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Terminal 5, Celebrate Brooklyn as well around the US at Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.

Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the “5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn’s Arabic Music Scene“, Innov Gnawa make great use of this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City.

I. AADA (Musical Procession)

II. WLAD BAMBARA (Children of Bambara) / Joyous music

III. FTOUH RAHBA (Opening Ritual) / WHITE

IV. KOUHAL (The Blacks) / BLACK


VI. L’HOUMAR (The Reds) / RED

VII. CHORFA (The Saints) / GREEN

VIII. WLAD L’GHABA (Children of the Forest) / BLACK