"...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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Monday, August 31, 2015

Ibn 'Arabi Conference October 2015

2015 Annual Conference of the Ibn 'Arabi Society USA

A Living Legacy: Ibn 'Arabi in Today's World 

October 23-24, 2015

Columbia University, New York

For the 850th anniversary of the birth of Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the U.S. is pleased to announce a major conference on his legacy.
As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings can offer us a window into a form of Islam that we in the West are rarely exposed to, as well as a more sophisticated understanding of the more exalted aspects of the Islamic cultural heritage.
This conference will explore Ibn 'Arabi's legacy as a living reality with profound implications for the modern world.
This year's conference, the third in a series on the same theme after those held in Murcia, Spain and Oxford, England, includes talks and workshops from some of the foremost experts on Ibn 'Arabi, poetry readings from Ibn 'Arabi's works, and a musical performance.
The Ibn 'Arabi Society is pleased to partner this year with the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University.

Where & When

Davis Auditorium, The Schapiro Center, Columbia University, NY 10027
October 23-24, 2015Friday, October 23, 2015, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm (EST)
Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST)


We pleased to host some of the most respected speakers and scholars in the field.
William Chittick Jane Clark Hossein Kamaly Zahra Langhi Todd Lawson Pierre Lory James Morris


Eventbrite - A Living Legacy:  Ibn 'Arabi in Today's World
Early Bird discount ends August 30. Take advantage now of the special $100 rate while it lasts!
A check can also be mailed to the Society for registration. Further details, including Sponsorship, on the registration page.


For all inquiries, please send email to the Secretary at mias.usa@ibnarabisociety.org