"...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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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Corbin & Mehrjui

From the Iran Book News Agency:

Dariush Mehrjui's 2nd novel is discussed - 

"Mehrjooyi is familiar with Islamic philosophy and mysticism and this should be a result of his friendship with Professor Dariush Shayegan and his reading of Henry Corbin."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Article of Interest

Rita George Tvrtković, “After the Fall: Riccoldo da Montecroce and Nicholas of Cusa on Religious Diversity.” Theological Studies 73.3 (September 2012): 641-662.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8e Journée Henry Corbin

8e Journée Henry Corbin
« Qu’est-ce que la mystique ? »

le samedi 1 décembre 2012
à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, 
45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris, 
salle Dusanne
(programme provisoire)


9h 30 : Leili ANVAR-CHENDEROFF (INALCO) : « La mystique peut-elle se dire? Le cas de Farid od-dîn 'Attâr »
10 h 30 : Daniela BOCCASSINI (Université de Vancouver) : « De la «Vita Nova» à la «Vista Nova»: le parcours mystique de Dante »
11 h 30 : Daniel DE SMET (CNRS) : « Y a-t-il une mystique ismaélienne ? »


14 h 30 – 17 h : Table ronde sur le thème « Qu’est-ce que la mystique chez Henry Corbin ? », avecChristian JAMBET (EPHE), Daniel PROULX (Université de Louvain), Pierre LORY (EPHE), suivie d’un échange avec le public.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A New Online Journal

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