Friday 7 October 2022

Call for articles on the contemporary uses of Ibn ʿArabī

Call for Articles – Special Issue – Religiographies, Vol. 3, n. 1, May 2024: "Reviving Muḥyiddīn: The contemporary uses of Ibn ʿArabī’s thought and the reinventions of Islam."

The intellectual and spiritual legacy of Muḥyiddīn Ibn ʿArabī (d. 1240) has been the object of multiple socio-political and religious interpretations. The fact that his thought is at the same time intensely innovative and deeply rooted in the tradition may explain in part why it had such a lasting influence, both among followers and detractors (Knysh 1999). 

In the West, Ibn ʿArabī appears today as a central reference in contemporary debates concerning Islamic spirituality, and his thought is one of the main sources of inspiration of the proponents of various creative adaptations of traditional Sufism in contemporary societies, ranging from the most conservative forms to openly New Age and syncretic movements (Morris 1986; Sedgwick 2017). 

This special issue aims to explore and analyze contemporary cases of the use of Ibn ʿArabī’s thought, and to shed light on the motivations, dynamics and methods underlying its interpretations. 

We invite scholars from all backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, as well as social and political actors and artists, to propose contributions focusing on Ibn ʿArabī in connection with one or more of the following topics: 

  • Sufism, Sufi institutions, and the spiritual path 
  • Theology, metaphysics, and epistemology 
  • Anthropology, cosmology, and world vision 
  • Normativity, Islamic law, and rituals  
  • Ethics, ecology, and politics 
  • Social issues, gender, and diversity 
  • Art, media, and creativity 

Download the call – Reviving Muḥyiddīn 

Guest Editors:

  • Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University)
  • Gregory Vandamme (Université catholique de Louvain

Deadline: 5th of January 2023