Friday, October 25, 2013 | THE FUTUHAT AL-MAKKIYAH TRANSLATION PROJECT (2012-2018): IBN AL-ARABI’S OPENINGS IN MAKKAH | Lecture by Eric Winkel | 7:00 PM | Suggested Donation $10


A magnum opus of over 10,000 pages, written by the greatest master (shaykh al-akbar), often in his own hand but mostly dictated to a circle of friends, the Futuhat records Ibn al-Arabi’s description of his extraordinary vision of an encounter while circling the Kabah and his recounting of the experience in all its ramifications. Despite its clear provenance as a completely accurate work and its reputation through the centuries as the most significant and profound reflection of Islamic thought, the Futuhat al-Makkiyah has never been translated from the original classical Arabic in its entirety. The first complete critical edition of twelve volumes was produced in 2010 by Dr. A. Mansoub, after eleven years of intense study of the original manuscripts.

Dr. Eric Winkel (Shu’ayb Nur) has been studying the Futuhat al-Makkiyah for 23 years. During his time at the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (Malaysia) as Senior Research Fellow, exploring the “new sciences” and Islam, Eric found intriguing connections and correspondences between Ibn al-Arabi’s strange mathematics and 20th century non-commutative geometries. Since 2012 he has been working exclusively on a six-year project to produce the first complete translation of the Futuhat al-Makkiyah into English. He is half-way through volume 4 of the 12 volume critical edition (2010).

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