"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Leonard Lewisohn 1953-2018


I'm very saddened to report that Dr. Leonard Lewisohn died suddenly on August 6, 2018.


Dr Leonard Lewisohn
Ph.D.,B.A.
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter,
 Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Persian and Sufi Literaure

HERE IS THE STATEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER:


The staff and students of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, are very sad to announce that, on Monday 6 August 2018, our colleague and friend Dr. Leonard Lewisohn passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. It's a great shock to all of us. Our hearts go out to his wife, his family and his wide network of friends and colleagues.

Lenny was Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Persian and Sufi literature. We will soon make an announcement about more specific initiatives for commemorating him. But, for the moment, our thoughts and prayers are with his close family and the many people worldwide who loved him.

Christine Robins

Director, IAIS



Leonard was the co-director (with Dr. Michael Axworthy) of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies.

He was also the Editor of the Mawlana Rumi Review.

In April 2016, he organised with Dr. Reza Tabandeh a three-day international conference on "Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World.”

Dr. Leonard Lewisohn was Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter in England where he taught Islamic Studies, Sufism, history of Iran, as well as courses on Persian texts and Persian poetry in translation. He specialized in translation of Persian Sufi poetic and prose texts.

He is the author of Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari (London: 1995), and the editor of three volumes on The Heritage of Sufism, vol. 1: The Legacy of Mediæval Persian Sufism, vol. 2: Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rumi Classical Persian Sufism from its Origins to Rumi, vol. 3 (with David Morgan): Late Classical Persianate Sufism: the Safavid and Mughal Period (Oxford: 1999)—covering a millennium of Islamic history.

He was editor of the Mawlana Rumi Review, an annual journal devoted to Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273). He was also editor (with Christopher Shackle) of The Art of Spiritual Flight: Farid al-Din ‘Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition (London: I.B. Tauris 2006), co-translator with Robert Bly of The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door: Thirty Poems of Hafiz (New York: HarperCollins 2008), editor of Hafiz and the Religion of Love in Classical Persian Poetry (London: I.B. Tauris 2010), and editor of The Philosophy of Ecstasy: Rumi and the Sufi Tradition (Bloomington, Indiana: World Wisdom 2014), and co-editor (with Reza Tabandeh) of Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and their Opponents in the Persianate World (forthcoming 2018).

Dr. Lewisohn contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Encyclopedia of Islam(2nd and 3rd editions), Encyclopædia Iranica, Encyclopædia of Philosophy, 2nd Edition, Encyclopædia of Religion, 2nd Edition, Iran Nameh, Iranian Studies, African Affairs, Islamic Culture, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Temenos Academy Review.






Monday, August 6, 2018

AAHSC


CONVOCATION

Association des Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin

Assemblée Générale du lundi 24 juin 2018

à 18h

à l’EPHE, 54 Bd Raspail, 75006 Paris


Ordre du jour :

-       Bilan d’activité
-       Bilan financier
-       Programme de la journée annuelle Henry Corbin prévue le samedi 24 novembre 2018 à l’EPHE sur "Le rêve"
-       Questions diverses

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Podcast: Reading James Hillman



A multipart series of readings and textual commentary on the work of James Hillman
by Tom Cheetham
beginning with Episode 75:
As Variously As Possible
also on iTunes, Google Play
and wherever you get your podcasts


Monday, July 30, 2018

ONLINE SHORT COURSE IN ARCHETYPAL PSYCHOLOGY

ONLINE SHORT COURSE IN ARCHETYPAL PSYCHOLOGY



SEPTEMBER, 2018
The Houston Jung Center

The Poetic Basis of Mind: An Introduction to Archetypal Psychology

Note: Tom Cheetham will teach this class remotely. Technology will allow for discussion between Dr. Cheetham and his students.

Archetypal psychology is closely associated with the work of James Hillman. Departing from foundations in Freudian and Jungian thought, it moves in a different air: more Mediterranean, polytheistic, and exhibiting conscious parallels with Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies in its dissolution of literalisms and essentialisms. It provides a psychology of soul where anima is located primarily in the world and secondarily in the human person. It is more than a psychology and functions as a form of life for which metaphor and imagination are primary constituents of the world and the poetic basis of mind and nature is fundamental.

This course is available to live-stream, attend in person, or take in the combination that best suits you.

Registrants will be emailed viewing instructions prior to the event. Please contact Mary Oleyar at moleyar@junghouston.org or 713-524-8253 ext. 23 with any questions.


Member Pricing: $125.00
Non-member Pricing: $135.00
Dates: Sep 5-26, 5:45pm-7:15pm

REGISTER ONLINE HERE


SYLLABUS


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Persian Imagination




Shima Mohajeri

Architectures of Transversality investigates the relationship between modernity, space, power, and culture in Iran. Focusing on Paul Klee’s Persian-inspired miniature series and Louis Kahn’s unbuilt blueprint for a democratic public space in Tehran, it traces the architectonics of the present as a way of moving beyond universalist and nationalist accounts of modernism. Transversality is a form of spatial production and practice that addresses the three important questions of the self, objects, and power. Using Deleuzian and Heideggerian theory, the book introduces the practices of Klee and Kahn as transversal spatial responses to the dialectical tension between existential and political territories and, in doing so, situates the history of the silent, unrepresented and the unbuilt – constructed from the works of Klee and Kahn – as a possible solution to the crisis of modernity and identity-based politics in Iran.



Sunday, July 15, 2018

Nature in Mind: On Corbin and Bateson



Systemic Thinking and Imagination in Ecopsychology and Mental Health

Roger Duncan
2018 – Routledge

Nature in Mind explores a kind of madness at the core of the developed world that has separated the growth of human cultural systems from the destruction of the environment on which these systems depend. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the contemporary Western lifestyle not only has a negative impact on the ecosystems of the earth but also has a detrimental effect on human health and psychological wellbeing. The book compares the work of Gregory Bateson and Henry Corbin and shows how an understanding of the "imaginal world" within the practice of systemic psychotherapy and ecopsychology could provide a language shared by both nature and mind. This book argues the case for bringing nature-based work into mainstream education and therapy practice. It is an invitation to radically reimagine the relationship between humans and nature and provides a practical and epistemological guide to reconnecting human thinking with the ecosystems of the earth.



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Both Eastern and Western: An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity




An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity

Afshin Matin-Asgari, 
California State University, Los Angeles 
August 2018


Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, many Western observers of Iran have seen the country caught between Eastern history and 'Western' modernity, between religion and secularity. As a result, analysis of political philosophy preceding the Revolution has become subsumed by this narrative. Here, Afshin Matin-Asgari proposes a revisionist work of intellectual history, challenging many of the dominant paradigms in Iranian and Middle Eastern historiography and offering a new narration. In charting the intellectual construction of Iranian modernity during the twentieth century, Matin-Asgari focuses on broad patterns of influential ideas and their relation to each other. These intellectual trends are studied in a global historical context, leading to the assertion that Iranian modernity has been sustained by at least a century of intense intellectual interaction with global ideologies. Turning many prevailing narratives on their heads, the author concludes that modern Iran can be seen as, culturally and intellectually, both Eastern and Western.

‘This unique book registers the many sources of influence, hitherto overlooked by the researchers in the field, that have shaped up modern Iran. Afshin Matin-asgari offers a meticulous and compelling account of the cosmopolitan character of modern Iranian intellectual, social, cultural, and political thought. A superb and authoritative reference for scholars and public alike.' Peyman Vahabzadeh, University of Victoria


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two Interesting Notices



Follow these where they lead in their references to Henry Corbin... quite interesting I think and worth your time:

Rumi and Rhizome: The Making of a Transformative Imaginal CurriculumS Oladi - Canadian Curriculum Studies: A Métissage of …, 2018
… inner selves. I understand imaginal as developed by Henry Corbin (1976), who derived
the term from the Latin mundus imaginalis (the intermediary level of reality) and the
Persian na-koja-abad (the land of nowhere). In advancing …



Immanent Materialisms: Speculation and critiqueC Blake, P Haynes - 2018



Thursday, June 7, 2018

The World of Imagination


Immeasurable thanks to Ed Casey for pointing me to this book. I had never heard of it.
It is indispensible. I wish I had known of it 25 years ago. I'm just stunned. Get a copy now.



Brann, Eva T. H.
The World of the Imagination: Sum and Substance.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ©1991.

on amazon.




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The ‘Dialogue’ between Odysseus Elytis and Henry Corbin



The ‘Dialogue’ between Odysseus Elytis and Henry Corbin


Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy
Volume 39, 2018
Philosophy and Literature
Nikoleta Zampaki
Pages 121-124
DOI: 10.5840/wcp23201839850

This paper aims at presenting the relationship of the poet Odysseus Elytis with the French philosopher Henry Corbin as it is displayed through the poetic work of Elytis The light-tree and the fourteenth beauty. We study the notion of imagination in this poetic synthesis through the philosophical perspective of Corbin. Emphasis is given on the solar metaphysics and the element of transparency. We focus on a parallel reading of Elytis and Corbin in order to show in what ways poetry and philosophy can be related. Elytis (as Corbin’s theory goes) aims at passing on a third dimension of things or a third level of reality.



Monday, May 28, 2018

AAHSC: Assemblée Générale du 29 juin 2018


CONVOCATION

Association des Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin

Assemblée Générale du 29 juin 2018
à 18h


Ordre du jour :

-       Bilan d’activité

-       Bilan financier

-       Programme de la journée annuelle Henry Corbin prévue le samedi 30 novembre 2018 à l’EPHE

-       Questions diverses


Friday, May 25, 2018

Symposium on Cusanus, the Qur’an, and the Cribratio Alkorani

         
      
       The Watanabe Lecture
and Symposium on Cusanus, the Qur’an,
   and the Cribratio Alkorani

September 29-30, 2018
         
          United Lutheran Seminary
                        (New Name, Same Location)
              Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
 

       In Cooperation with the American Cusanus Society and the International
                                Seminar on Pre-Reformation Theology

     Watanabe Lecturer: Walter Andreas Euler, Trier
       
              Banquet program: Cabaret Night with Broadway’s Bruce Moore


In addition to the annual Watanabe Lecture, we gather for a symposium focusing on the Cribratio Alkorani (1460-61), Cusanus’ detailed critique of the Qur’an. Here Nicholas undertakes a project unique in the fifteenth century: to discern Gospel truths within the Qur’an itself. We shall discuss this project within Cusanus’ career and alongside works by his contemporaries and later thinkers.

This symposium, as well as several previous Gettysburg Conferences and the Bond-Watanabe Collection, now one of the largest Cusanus collections in the United States, is made possible by the Kiyomi Koizumi Watanabe Fund in memory of Morimichi Watanabe. In addition, we gratefully acknowledge financial support from the American Cusanus Society and facilities and staff assistance from our host, United Lutheran Seminary.
PROGRAM (Tentative)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (for early arrivals)

3:30 p.m. Battlefield Tour Valentine Commons

5:30 p.m. Social Hour  Singmaster Center

7:00 p.m. Dinner (on our own)              Appalachian Brewing Company
Singmaster residents: Gather in the foyer, 6:45 p.m.
Motel guests: restaurant is two doors north.

9:00 p.m. Social Hour   Singmaster Center

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. On campus guests: Breakfast on our own           
Motel guests: In the motel

9:30 to noon Registration and Refreshments Valentine Commons/ Coffee Shop
10:45 a.m. Session I  
Chair: John Monfasani, SUNY University at Albany          
Cusanus, the Qur’an, and the Cribratio Alkorani            
“Cusanus’ Use of Qur'an in Cribratio” or “The Missionary Purpose of          Cribratio”                                                                                                 Pim Valkenberg, Catholic University of America
Cribratio’s Connections to The Religious Concordance”                 Joshua Hollmann, Concordia College, New York
“A New Set of Glosses on the Qur’an”                                                                      José Martinez Gázquez, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
12:00 p.m. Lunch                  Refectory

1:30 p.m.                     Session II           Library Lecture Room Chair:                                                                                                               
Contemporaries of Cusanus                                                                                                                 
“Did Nicholas of Cusa Talk to Muslims? Revisiting Cusanus’ Sources for Cribratio Alkorani and Interfaith Dialogue”                                     Maarten Halff, United Nations, New York
“John of Segovia I”                                                                                             Anne Marie Wolf, University of Maine at Farmington
“John of Segovia II”                                                                                                            Jesse Mann, Drew University

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break Coffee Shop
 
3:30 p.m.            The 2018 Watanabe Lecture Valentine Auditorium                             

Chair: Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University

“Nicholas of Cusa and Martin Luther on Islam”
Walter Andreas Euler, Faculty of Theology, University of Trier
4:30 p.m.            Reception           Pioneer Room, Library
Recent Acquisitions, Bond-Watanabe Collection
5:00 p.m. Free Time

7:00 p.m.            Candlelight Banquet         Aberly Room, Valentine Hall
Music: “Cabaret on the Ridge”
Bruce Moore, Veteran Broadway Vocalist
9:00 p.m.            Social Hour      Singmaster Center

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

7:00 a.m.            Mass      St. Francis Xavier Church

7:30 a.m. Breakfast On-campus guests: Refectory
Motel guests: In the motel

8:15 a.m. Ecumenical Service of Word and Sacrament                        Chapel

9:15 a.m. Session III           Library Lecture Room
Chair: Jason Aleksander, National University

Working Session on Texts of Cusanus and Torquemada

Led by Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Benedictine University; and
           Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers University

Cusanus, selections from the Cribratio Alkorani on paradise
Juan de Torquemada, selections from “On the Errors of Mohammed”

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break         Library Rotunda
10:45 a.m. Session IV            Library Lecture Room Chair:
Cusanus and Later Thought on Islam 
“Campanella”                                                                                                     Paul Richard Blum, Loyola University of Maryland
“Erasmus”                                                                                                       Nathan Ron, University of Haifa
12:00 noon Close
Departures begin at 12:15 p.m. Library, Singmaster, Motel

12:30 p.m. Lunch (Optional)                   

* * * * * * *
The Committee for the 2018 Celebration: Donald F. Duclow, Rita George-Tvrtkovic and Thomas M. Izbicki (co-chairs). Arrangements: Gerald Christianson. Registrars: Margaret Folkemer, Ashlyn Lizska