"...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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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Garden of Heaven: A unique Persian carpet in the Burrell Collection

Garden of Heaven: A unique Persian carpet in the Burrell Collection

Glasgow, UK
Start Date : Saturday 27 March 2010
End Date : Sunday 11 April 2010
The Burrell celebrates the arrival of spring and Naw Ruz – the Persian New Year festivities – by displaying its rarely seen Wagner Garden Carpet. The carpet is a prized 17th-century Persian garden carpet, one of the most important in the country.

And those who can get there should not miss the permanent exhibit of the Ardabil Carpet in the Victoria & Albert Musuem, London.


  1. Love the blog! LACMA recently had their exhibit of the other Ardabil carpet as well. Local companies and websites have newer renditions of these very important historical rugs. Here is one we recently posted about.


    Keep up the great work!