MIAS Ibn 'Arabi Translation Prize Competition

Mohammed Rustom's picture
September 1, 2021 to September 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Mexican History / Studies, Arabic History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Philosophy

The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (MIAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural, triennial MIAS Translation Prize competition. Given the significant scholarly and lay interest in English translations of Sufi works in general and Ibn ‘Arabi’s writings in particular, it is hoped that this initiative will encourage greater engagement with the teachings of ‘the Greatest Master’ and his school.

For this first competition, we invite submissions on prose texts by Ibn ‘Arabi. For more information on these texts and an assessment of their authorship, see the MIAS catalogue of works by Ibn ‘Arabi:


Entries should be in the form of original translations either of complete minor works, or of key sections or chapters from major works. Where possible, translations should be based on critically edited Arabic texts already in print. In cases where the text is still only in manuscript form, translations should be based on the best manuscripts (in such cases, if they wish to, translators can produce their own critical editions of Arabic texts alongside their submitted translations, although only translations will be evaluated for the competition).

Submissions should contain (1) a brief discussion introducing the text and its themes, and (2) a fully annotated English translation. It is expected that submissions will be in both Word and PDF formats and will be between 5000 and 8000 words (notes included), although this may vary. A model which applicants are encouraged to follow can be found here: 


The competition is open to all. Each entry will be evaluated for its textual fidelity, style, technical precision and readability by a panel of senior Ibn ‘Arabi specialists.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of 3000 USD, and their translation will be published in the Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (JMIAS), a leading peer-reviewed academic journal now in its fortieth year. Other submissions deemed by the prize selection committee to be outstanding may also be published in JMIAS.

Entries are due by 1 September 2022, with the winner to be announced on 1 November 2022.

For further details about the rules and regulations of this competition, please write to Professor Mohammed Rustom: mrustom@connect.carleton.ca

Contact Info: 

Mohammed Rustom, PhD 

Professor of Islamic Thought 

College of the Humanities 

Carleton University 

Series Editor, Global Philosophy (Equinox)