AuthorEric Winkel

Eric Winkel, Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Eric Winkel lived in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 7th-11th grades, becoming a good skier and a citizen of the world at the International School.  At Haverford, then Penn, then the University of South Carolina, he undertook eclectic studies, mostly religion at first, focusing on spiritual matters, then later including political science, numerous languages to enable study of religious and spiritual texts (Sanskrit, Greek, Coptic, Tamil, Arabic, others, besides French and German).  An Ibn al ‘Arabi scholar, Dr Winkel taught at the International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was Senior Fulbright Scholar in Islamabad, Pakistan.  He was also Dean of Students at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He has an eleven-year-old son, Munir, in Atlanta.  Eric lives in New Mexico with his wife Ely, whom he married in the Maldives, and is starting a charter school for high school students in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The Openings Project: The First Complete Translation of the Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah of Ibn al-ʿArabī


When I first read Sufis of Andalusia as a teenager, I knew that I had met a visionary far beyond the limits of anyone I had read or heard about.  Ibn al-ʿArabī, I know now, was in the ocean without shore, but he was there as someone who, like the prophets and messengers and friends (awliyāʾ), stayed near the shore: the ones who go deep and drown, he says, benefit neither themselves or others...

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