"...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.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
People of the Book
Broaden your understanding of the issues that cut across religious lines and hear the diverse multiple viewpoints that exist within and among these faiths.
Moderated by John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Panelists include James Allan, Professor of Eastern Art, The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford; Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Co-Director, Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, University of Southern California; and Suleiman A. Mourad, Professor, Department of Religion, Smith College.
This program is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
In conjunction with the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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