"...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, February 20, 2014

Henry Corbin and Russian Religious Thought by Hadi Fakhoury

I am excited and delighted to be able to present here the full text of Hadi Fakhoury's master's thesis. It is a remarkable piece of scholarship and an immensely important contribution to our understanding of Corbin's thought. It is truly essential reading for everyone with an interest in Corbin's work. I came away from it with a far deeper grasp of what Corbin was up to and of the origins and the development of his thought. I look forward to the publication of this superb work and to whatever comes next from Fakhoury's powerful pen.

Henry Corbin and Russian Religious Thought
Hadi Fakhoury
Institute of Islamic Studies
McGill University, Montreal

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hafez on PBS

The works of 14th century Persian poet Hafez are iconic in Iran. Poet and scholar Dick Davis has spent years bringing the medieval writer's words to the West. Jeffrey Brown talks to Davis about his experiences with Persian culture, the challenges of translating and his new book, "Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz."