"...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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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


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


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


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)                   

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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