Language and Existence in Ibn ʿArabī’s al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, “The Meccan Openings”.
What is the relationship between language and existence? This is a question that recurs across the Western canon; from Plato, to the Bible, to Heidegger. This project throws light on the work of the thinker and poet Ibn ʿArabī (1165, Murcia – 1240, Damascus) in order to extend these reflections.
By using advances in the digital humanities and bringing together philology with intellectual history and the study of material culture, this project examines how Ibn ʿArabī defines wujūd (often translated as “being”, “existence” or “finding”) in relation to both his theory and practice of language in al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya, “The Meccan Openings”.
Supervisors: Professor Charles Burnett / Doctor Kazuyo Murata