"...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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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
STRP 2011
Islam and Contemporary Issues:
Intellectuality and Spirituality

The Short-Term Research Program (STRP), sponsored by Al-Mustafa International University (MIU)—Tehran Branch, is an annual 4-week research-intensive experience that allows students, scholars, researchers, and thinkers from the world over to come together and address the general subject of Islam and Contemporary Issues by focusing on a different aspect of it every year.

STRP 2011 will cover the topic of Intellectuality and Spirituality from the perspective of:

· Philosophy (the traditional Islamic schools of Peripatetic, Illuminationist, and Transcendent philosophy);

· Mysticism (the Sufis, ‘urafa, as well as the mystics of other religions);

· The West (modernity and the secular-liberal edifice).

Participants will participate in interactive seminars conducted by experts in the field and will go on to conduct their own original research in a subtopic of their choosing and under the supervision of a senior scholar. The goal will be to not only further advance the level of knowledge in the field, but also to provide tangible and practical solutions to the challenges posed by modernity to Islam in particular and religion in general. The result of the Program will be the awarding of an official certificate of accomplishment and the publication of the collected research articles of the participants—with awards being presented to the best three papers.

December 16th 2011 through January 11th 2012 (20th Muharram – 17th Safar, 1433)

Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran (MIU—Tehran Branch).

Graduate level students of Islamic Studies or researchers and scholars with research articles.

All costs (tuition, food, accommodation, etc.), with the exception of international air travel, to be borne by MIU. A special discount and subsidy for students will be offered upon request.

Interested individuals should send the filled application form (see link below), their CV, as well as a proposal for their research paper to the email address below. Applicants will be informed immediately upon acceptance and a visa will be sent to the nearest Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Submission Deadline:
August 1st 2011.

For further information and application submission contact:
Shaykh Shuja Ali Mirza at email: strp@miu.ac.ir.
Tel: +982512938860 Mob: +989122520423

For the STRP2011 application click HERE

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