"...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, July 24, 2010

In Search of the Sacred by SH Nasr - Just Released

Nasr's new book is now available. See Google Books for links to the publisher etc. here.

Recall this note from Mohammed Rustom at Carlton University:

"A book which will be useful for your purposes is the series of interviews on Nasr's thought originally published in Persian, and now forthcoming in English translation:

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein, and Ramin Jahanbegloo. In Search of the Sacred: A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger ; ABC-CLIO, 2010.

I recall seeing in the Persian edition a very interesting question posed to Nasr concerning the influence of Corbin upon his thought. His answer shed a good deal of light on his relationship with Corbin."

The Persian version is,

Ramin Jahanbehloo and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Dar just o juy-i amr-i qudsi: guft o gu (Tehran: Nashr-i jahan, 2006/7) WorldCat link.

I would very much appreciate it if anyone with access to this volume could supply us with the some information concerning Nasr's comments on Corbin - TC.

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