"...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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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Some Citations of Interest

[HTML] Commentary and Commentary Tradition. The Basic Terms for Understanding Islamic Intellectual HistoryLWC Lit - MIDÉO. Mélanges de l'Institut dominicain d'études …, 2017
... Henry Corbin thinks that commentators are advocates for the line of thinking of the
original text and hence a commentary is the best way to express this appreciation.
Whenever Henry Corbin encounters a commentary, he praises ...

... establish a cognitive and visionary relationship with an intermediary world,” what Faivre's fellow
esoteric scholar Henry Corbin called the “Mundus Imaginalis,” the “Imaginal World,” an inner
yet nonetheless objective symbolic territory, having its own rules and inhabitants. ...

[PDF] The Positioning Of Iran And Iranians In The Origins Of Western Civilization
S Vasseghi - 2017
... nations, but it was the cradle of Persians and Hindus as well. (p. 114) French philosopher and
scholar Henry Corbin (1978) remarked, “For Persia, the old Iran, is not only a nation or an empire,
it is an entire spiritual universe, a hearth and meeting place in the ...

[PDF] Reason, Deliberation, and Democracy in Divided Societies: Perspectives from the Jafari School of Thought
N Pirsoul - Reason
... Orientalist Henry Corbin analyzed the mystical dimension of the “occultation” and argued that
Shia Islam was a deeply mystical religion as it obliged the believers to constantly seek to establish
a spiritual relation with their hidden Imam in order to become one of his close ...

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