"...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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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mélanges offerts à Henry Corbin

Henry Corbin and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Mélanges offerts à Henry Corbin. Tehran: Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Tehran Branch, 1977.

This fairly rare volume will be of interest to students of Corbin. The table of contents provided here does not include the several articles in Persian.
(I apologize for the lack of diacritical marks.)

Table of Contents

Preface. S.H. Nasr.

Premiere Partie: Etudes Biographiques

S.H. Nasr. Henry Corbin, "l'exil occidentale" : une vie et une oeuvre en quete de l'Orient des Lumieres.
D. Shayegan. L'homme a la lampe magique.

Deuxieme Partie: Religion et philosophie comparee

G. Durand. Science de l'homme et islam spirituel.
M. Eliade. Mythes cosmogoniques indiens.
T. Izutsu. The Concept of Perpetual Creation in Islamic Mysticism and Zen Buddhism.
G. Valin. Elements pour une theorie de la philosophie comparee.

Troisieme Partie: La philosophie et theologie islamiques

P. Antes. The First Asharites Conception of Evil and the Devil.
M. Arkoun. Pour une remembrement de la conscience islamique,

Quatrieme Partie: le Soufisme et le Shi'ism

R Arnaldez. Le moi divin dans la pensee d'Ibn 'Arabi.
J. P. Ducasse. Un poeme Khalwati sur les Noms de Dieu
M.S. Khan. The Early History of Zaydi Shi'ism in Daylaman and Ghan.
H. Landolt. Deux opuscules de Semnani sur le moi theophanique.
F. Meier. Ein briefwechsel zwischen Saraf un-Din-i Balhi und Magd ud-din-i Bagdadi.
A.S. Melikian-Chirvani. Les themes esoteriques et les themes mystiques dans l'art du bronze iranien.
P. Nwyia. Un cas d'exigese soufie: l'Histoire de Joseph.
A. Schimmel. Zur Verwendung des Halladj-Motivs in der indo-persischen Poesie.

Cinquieme Partie: Philosophie, theologie et mystique en Occident

E. Benz. Uber die Leiblichkeit des Geistigen zyr Theologie der Leiblicheit bei Jacob Boehme.
F. Brunner. Signification de Kierkegaard.
D. de Rougemont. "Heretiques de toutes les religions, unissez-vous!"
M. de Dieguez. Intelligence humaine et critique de causalite.
A. Faivre. Le Ternaire alchemique et l'Axe Feu Central dans la tradition martinesiste
P. Gallais. La "maison" du Roi-Pecheur.
H.D. Lewis. Theology and Ideology.
G. Scholem. A Note on a Kabbalistic Treatise on Contemplation.

Sixieme Partie: L'influence de la pensee islamique en Occident

J. Ferrari. La pensee musulmane et l'Orient dans l'oeuvre de Hamann.
J. Jolivet. Intellect et Intelligence: Note sur la tradition arabo-latine des 12e et 13e siecles.

[Septieme Partie: Articles en Persan]

Folio from a Jamshid u Khurshid. circa 1600? Safavid period, Iran. S1986.53 Freer & Sackler Galeries.

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