"...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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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Return to Being - Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i

The Return to Being: A Translation of Risalat al-Walayah by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i.

"A precise but essential text for mystical wayfarers, The Return to Being tells the story of the journey of the human soul from the material to the divine. Reminding the reader of the true nature of reality, the author shows how even ordinary people can reach the pinnacle of spiritual perfection and alludes to the spiritual mysteries that await. Helpful indices of Qur’anic verses and the Arabic text of hadith texts cited complement this inspiring, spiritual work."

Translated by Fazel Asadi Amjad and Mahdi Dasht Bozorgi

Introduced and annotated by S K Toussi.

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