"...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.
Forthcoming in JULY 2012 from North Atlantic Books, distributed by Random House. The fourth book in the Henry Corbin Quartet. PRE-ORDER on amazon.
"For anyone attracted to the elusive realm of creative imagination, this
book draws out and makes explicit what lives so strongly as a lure
within the heart, the desire to find again our first home, the imaginal
worlds and their inhabitants, the angels of creativity. As acknowledged
master interpreter of the great work of Henry Corbin, Tom Cheetham
follows Corbin’s path of seeing all the world as living symbol of the
divine worlds. More, he shows how to go through the portal of the world
as symbol to enter the imaginal realms in their intimate autonomy, and
develop impeccable trust in their spontaneous appearance as personal
images. Here, in this writing, we can learn interior listening,
discovering the inherent poeticizing action of the word. This beautiful
volume goes beyond, way beyond, any of our usual self-serving
inclinations and leads us into being servants of the angel of the
Earth." - Robert Sardello, Author
of Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness