"...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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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Institut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman

Web Page Here: Institut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman

Créé en 1999 par le Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie, au sein de l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, l'IISMM met en oeuvre trois missions:
  • ouvrir un espace de collaborations et d'échanges entre chercheurs spécialisés dans l'étude du monde musulman (axes de recherche, séminaires de recherche, manifestations scientifiques);
  • diffuser un enseignement et proposer un soutien aux jeunes chercheurs;
  • contribuer à la diffusion des savoirs scientifiques sur l'islam et le monde musulman, par ses publications, une veille éditoriale, des cycles de conférences ouverts à un large public, des actions de formation à destination de professionnels dans les administrations publiques et les entreprises.
Localisé à Paris, l'Institut s'attache à coordonner ses actions pédagogiques et de recherche avec les autres pôles scientifiques en France et à l'étranger.

Below is the 12 page Bulletin for May 2010:

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