"...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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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Join the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and travel to Iran in 2010!
FRIENDS TOUR OF IRAN October 2010
LED BY CHIEF CURATOR AND CURATOR OF ISLAMIC ART, MASSUMEH FARHAD AND JULIAN RABY, DIRECTOR OF THE FREER GALLERY OF ART AND THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY
Join the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries on an exploration of one of the world's most ancient civilizations -- Iran. For two and a half millennia, many dynasties and two religions have left their imprint on the land. Travel with Curator Massumeh Farhad and Director Julian Raby through a country of turquoise mosques, lush gardens, elaborate palaces and majestic ruins to discover Iran's rich and diverse culture and artistic heritage.
The Friends Tour of Iran will likely take place in early to mid October 2010. Exact dates for this trip will be confirmed shortly. We are pleased to partner with Distant Horizons who has helped to plan customized tours for over twenty years and led six successful groups to Iran, including Stanford University and the Archaeological Institute of America, this past fall alone.
Membership in the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries is required to travel with the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The Friends, the museums' distinguished patrons group, provides vital funds to underwrite exhibitions and develop trend-setting educational and outreach programs. In return for their tax-deductible support, members receive special insider access to private curator-led lectures and tours, exhibition opening receptions, annual black-tie events and exclusive travel opportunities like the 2010 Tour of Iran. To see a full listing of membership benefits, please visit the Freer and Sackler Galleries membership website HERE.
To request additional information about the Friends and the 2010 Tour of Iran, please contact Rachel Wood, Membership Coordinator, at 202-633-0448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.