"...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.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Dark Church - (Terra Lucida IX-XII)
I am delighted to announce the publication of Joseph Donahue's newest book. It is magnificent.
Keeping vigil through the night in the realm of the Terra Lucida, which, according to Islamic scholar Henry Corbin, is "the land that secretes its own light," Joseph Donahue's DARK CHURCH lures a pilgrim fraught with memories of modernity and childhood, and who aspires to stand in its temple where ritual adherents drowse in dreams of healing and oracular pronouncements intimate a destiny belonging both to this world and the next. "Long ago, / the truest part of you… / began to approach / the condition of stone." At once vatic, nostalgic, cryptic, and clear, DARK CHURCH is a book of unremitting visionary power.
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