"...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, August 29, 2010

Inrternational Association of Sufism

The International Association of Sufism was established in America in 1983 by Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. It is a nonsectarian, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization of the United Nations, Department of Public Information.
IAS Goals:

To introduce Sufism in all its varied forms to the public
To make known the interrelation between Sufi principles and scientific principles
To provide a forum for a continuing dialogue between the different schools of Sufism
To preserve and advance the study and goals of Sufism.

Through the efforts of many Sufi masters, the contributions of Sufi orders and schools, and with the help of scholars, educators, translators, and artists interested in the discipline of Sufism, the Association has come a long way toward successfully accomplishing its founding goals. The members of IAS include prominent figures from a multitude of cultures, nations, and backgrounds. Currently, the achievement of the International Association of Sufism has made the organization an DPI Non-Governmental Organization of the United Nations.To our knowledge, this is the first association to be formed to enable Sufis and scholars from around the world, from many nations and traditions to establish relations and come together in the spirit of unity and harmony. You are invited to take part in this historical and humanitarian movement. READ MORE.

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