"...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, February 13, 2011

Ibn 'Arabi & Rumi Conference

Ibn ’Arabi and Rumi
Wisdom of the Sufis – Teachings for the Modern World

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University

Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5

In 2009, The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society and the New York Open Center began the first of a series of conferences on the great mystic Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi (1165–1240). We now present the second conference in this series, this one focusing on the teachings of both Ibn ‘Arabi and Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273), the other giant of Sufi mysticism.

Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and Jalaluddin Rumi are unquestionably the two great pillars of Islamic mysticism, known as Sufism. They appeared in the same century, one from the Muslim West, the other from the East, bringing a glorious new vision of human potential and realization that has been a source of inspiration ever since. Their words continue to touch us directly, inviting us to explore the heart as the place of wisdom and love. This first symposium ever dedicated to both these spiritual masters will be a uniquely exciting opportunity to learn about and discuss their teachings with leading scholars in the field, which include James Morris, Pablo Beneito, Mahmut Killic, Stephen Hirtenstein, Franklin Lewis, Cecilia Twinch, and several others. There will be lectures and workshops as well as an evening concert with traditional and original musical/artistic performances, which will include performers such as Coleman Barks, Grammy Award winner, David Darling and other artists.

1st Early Bird price $125 by June 10
2nd Early Bird price $145 by October 10
$165 after October 10
Evening Concert
Price TBA
Location of all events: Columbia University

To register call 212-219-2527 x 0 or 2 or visit www.opencenter.org.
also see www.ibnarabisociety.org and visit conference website: www.opencenter.org/ibn-arabi

Enoe Aracely Brown
Program Director                                       
New York Open Center
22 East 30 Street
New York, NY 10016
212-219-2527 ext 140 or 0

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