"...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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Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom - Ali Lakhani

The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom
By M. Ali Lakhani
Foreword by Reza Shah-Kazemi
Introduction by William Stoddart
World Wisdom Books, 2010

(The author, editor of Sacred Web, has kindly reprinted his reviews of my Corbin Trilogy in this volume.)

Table of Contents:

Part One: The Sacred Web Essays
What is Tradition?
An Introduction to Sacred Web
The Importance of Spiritual Literacy
Pluralism and the Metaphysics of Morality
"What Thirst is For"
Of Detachment and Spiritual Curiosity
Consecrated to the Sublime
“Fundamentalism”: A Metaphysical Perspective
Reclaiming the Center
Understanding “Tradition”
On Faith and Intellect
Umberto Eco, Fascism and Tradition
Towards a Traditional Understanding of Sexuality
On Translation
The Principle of Verticality
The Quest for Moral Certainty
On Cultivating Awareness
What is Normal?
The Problem of Evil
The Secular and the Sacred
“Standing Unshakably in the True”: A Commentary on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998)
“A Single Principle”: On Faith and Pluralism
Striving for “Wholeness” in the Kali Yuga
The Secularization of Faith in the Modern World
Of “Longing” and “Belonging”
Papers on Metaphysics
Excerpt from “The Metaphysics of Human Governance”
The Metaphysics of Poetic Expression
Section One: Traditional Metaphysics—A Phenomenological Approach
Section Two: What is “Poetry”?
Section Three: “Poiesis” and “Logos”
Section Four: Poetic Vision—Seeing with the Eye of the Heart
Section Five: Poetic Expression—Saying the Unsayable
Section Six: Conclusion
“Neither of the East nor of the West”: Universality in Islam
Education in the light of Tradition: A Metaphysical Perspective
Part Three: Book Reviews
Review of Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, by William C. Chittick
Review of Conversations with Wendell Berry
Review of the Henry Corbin Trilogy by Tom Cheetham

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