"...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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Friday, June 4, 2010
Henry Corbin, Islam and the Imagination - Oxford, England, October 2010
A day-long program, Saturday, October 9, 2010, offered by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and sponsored by the Temenos Academy.
The Prophetic Tradition & The Battle for the Soul of the World: An Introduction to the Spiritual Vision of Henry Corbin DR TOM CHEETHAM The Role of the Grail in Henry Corbin’s Thought DR JOHN CAREY - University of Cork and Fellow of the Temenos Academy
In Search of Lost Speech: Nostalgia, Eros and the Angel Out Ahead DR TOM CHEETHAM Correspondences Between English Romantic and Persian Sufi Poets DR LEONARD LEWISOHN - University of Exeter and Fellow of the Temenos Academy with readings by TOM DURHAM
TOM CHEETHAM is the author of three books on the implications of Henry Corbin’s work for contemporary spirituality: The World Turned Inside Out, Green Man–Earth Angel and After Prophecy. He is Adjunct Professor at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. JOHN CAREY is a lecturer in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork and editor of the Temenos Academy Review. His most recent book is Ireland and the Grail. LEONARD LEWISOHN is Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, where he currently teaches Persian language, Persian poetry in translation, Sufism and Islamic spirituality. TOM DURHAM is an actor with a particular interest in the performance of challenging poetry. He can be heard regularly as a reader on Radio 3.
The day will be chaired by PROF. GREVEL LINDOP, formerly Professor of Romantic and Early Victorian Studies at Manchester University, and a Fellow of the Temenos Academy.