"...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.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Western Esotericism at Groningen
We have completely updated the information for prospective international students who want to enroll in the Bachelor, Master (one year), or Research Master (two years) programs Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. Please see
The Bachelor Minor "Religions in the Modern World" and the entire Master and Research Master programs are taught in English. In Groningen, the study of Western esotericism is part of a larger program that addresses the history of religion in Europe. The BA minor "Religions in the Modern World" includes the module "New Age in Historical Perspective" and related topics.
For the more advanced study of Western esotericism the Research Master "Religion and Culture" is the best option. This program includes 3 core modules on "Religion and Culture: Key Issues in the Study of Religions,"
"Asia and Europe: A History of Religious and Cultural Interaction," and "Religion and Philosophy." These modules can be complemented with 3 modules taken from the one-year MA program (e.g., "Religion and the
Natural Sciences," "God, Evil, and History," or "Religion in the Public and Private Sphere"). The research focus on Esotericism can then be further deepened in 3 individual Traineeships that are set up in close collaboration with professors at the University of Groningen or other universities. Please see
If you know of interested students, I'd highly appreciate if you could forward this information to them.
Thanks a lot and best wishes,
Kocku von Stuckrad
Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad
University of Groningen
Department of Religious Studies
Oude Boteringestraat 38
9712 GK Groningen
Phone (office): +31-50-363-5579
Department Homepage: http://www.rug.nl/ggw
Posted by Tom Cheetham at 9:00 AM