The third edition focused on the personality and teachings of Muhyi-l-Din Ibn al-‘Arabī (1165-1240) and his school of thought. Known also as Al-Shaykh al-Akbar, “the Greatest Master”, Ibn ‘Arabī is undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in the intellectual spirituality not only of the Islamic world, but of all history. His literary production is monumental and we can attribute to him with certainty at least 400 works, the most important of which are the well-known Futūḥāt al-makkiyya and the Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam. The first is a veritable encyclopedia of the “inner science” of Islam, an ocean of all the esoteric knowledge of his era. As for the Fuṣūṣ, this 200-page book in Arabic can be considered his spiritual testament and a synthesis of his thought, although Ibn ‘Arabī affirmed that his source of inspiration for the work was the Prophet Muhammad himself who gave him the text in a dream.
The school was hosted by Faculty of Islamic Studies of the University of Sarajevo (BiH) local partner and co-organizer of the school.
Lecturers explored the main concepts exposed by Ibn ‘Arabī in a profound, daring and often enigmatic language that have later become the actual foundations of later Sufism. The two main themes of his thought revolve around the notions of “Unicity of Being” (waḥdat al-wujūd, a term first used by his disciple Qunawi) and of the “Perfect Man” (al-insān al-kāmil). It is not difficult to see in them the metaphysical dimension of the double formula of the Islamic profession of Faith. Both have been extensively elaborated by the interpreters of his thought, personalities like Ṣadr al-Dīn Qānawī (d. 1274), Mu’ayyad al-Dīn Jandī (d. 1300), Saʻīd al-Dīn Farghānī (d. 1300), ‘Abd al-Razzāq Qāshānī (d. 1330), Dawīd Qayṣarī (d. 1350), Ḥaydar Amolī (d. 1384), ʻAbd al-Karīm al-Jīlī (d. 1403), Molla Ṣadra Shirāzī (d. 1636), ʻAbd Allāh Busnawī (d. 1644), up to the most recent ‘Abd al-Ghanī Nābulusī (d. 1731) and Emir ‘Abd al-Qāḍir (d. 1883), to mention only the most famous ones.