Born in 1165 A.D., in Murcia, Spain, Ibn Arabi is one of the essential figures in Muslim mysticism. He attended the funeral of Averroes in Cordoba in 1198 A.D. Two years later, he left Andalusia for good to go to the East – Tunis, then Mecca and Anatolia, before settling for good in Syria in 1223. He died on 8 November 1240 leaving a considerable body of work and establishing himself as the most important representative of the ‘path of love’ in Sufism.
Rachid Koraïchi dedicated a travelling installation, Letters of Clay, to Ibn Arabi. The exhibition commemorates the work of Ibn Arabi, through an itinerary that starts in Damascus, his resting place, and leads back to Murcia, the journey of his life in reverse.