"...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, March 28, 2012

Review of Nasr 2012

Book Review: Perennialist interpretation of modern Islam
By Muhammad Khan
In The Muslim News

Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition. By Seyyed Hossein Nasr. New York: HarperCollins. pp472. 2012. PB. $21.99

The author of this book is an Iranian-American academic. He is a University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University and a leading Muslim scholar who has published extensively on different aspects of Islam from a Traditionalist perspective. This book was first published in 2010 and has since been updated and expanded for the benefit of the readers. What is Traditionalism? READ MORE

"In the appendices, the author has provided a detailed but not necessarily a critical assessment of the life and works of Louis Massignon, a French Catholic Islamicist; Henry Corbin, who was also a leading French Islamicist; Rene Guenon, the founder of Perennialism and a French mystical writer; Frithjof Schuon, a Swiss Sufi and prolific writer; Titus Burckhardt, who was also a Swiss Sufi and artist, and Martin Lings, a British Sufi and prominent writer"

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