Mysticism in Comparative Perspective: Sufi Mysticism

Location: OCHS Library
Speaker: Dr Samer Akkach
Date: April 29, 2010
Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dr Samer Akkach is Associate Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He was born and educated in Damascus before moving to Australia to complete his PhD at Sydney University. As an intellectual historian, Samer has devoted over twenty years to the study of Ibn ‘Arabi’s mystical thought and intellectual legacy, and especially to their later revival by ‘Abd al-Ghana al-Nabulusi (d. 1731). His Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: an Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas (SUNY 2005), traces the influence of Ibn ‘Arabi’s thought on the spatial sensibility of premodern Muslim architects; while his ‘Abd al-Ghan al-Nabulusi: Islam and the Enlightenment (Oneworld 2007), and Letters of a Sufi Scholar: The Correspondence of ‘Abd al-Ghana al-Nabulusi (Brill 2010), examine the intellectual contributions of an influential and prolific Sufi master who considered Ibn ‘Arabi to be his spiritual master and source of inspiration.