"...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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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Henry Corbin: Texts Online - Updated 12/2/2010

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Books - Chronological by Date of English Publication:
Avicenna and the Visionary Recital (pdf) 1960, trans. W. Trask, Princeton/Bollingen Series LXVI
Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi  (Google Books),1969, trans. R. Manheim, Princeton/Bollingen Series XCI
Spiritual Body & Celestial Earth: From Mazdean Iran to Shi'ite Iran - Preface & Text, Notes and Index, (Scribd) 1977, trans. N. Pearson, Princeton/Bollingen Series XCI: 2.
Cyclical Time and Ismaili Gnosis (pdf) 1983, Trans. R. Manheim, J. Morris, Kegan Paul International, London - "Cyclical Time in Mazdaism and Ismailism" (Eranos, 1951); "Divine Epiphany and Spiritual Birth in Ismailian Gnosis" (Eranos, 1954); "From the Gnosis of Antiquity to Ismaili Gnosis" (Eranos, 1956).
Temple and Contemplation - Part 1 & Part 2 (pdf), 1986, trans. by P. Sherrard and L. Sherrard, KPI, London, The Realism and Symbolism of Colours in Shiite Cosmology (Eranos,  1972); The Science of the Balance and the Correspondences between Worlds in Islamic Gnosis (Eranos, 1973); Sabian Temple and Ismailism (Eranos, 1950); The Configuration of the Temple of the Ka'bah as the Secret of the Spiritual Life  (Eranos, 1965); The Imago Templi in Confrontation with Secular Norms (Eranos, 1974).
The History of Islamic Philosophy - Part I and Part II (pdf), 1993, trans. L. Sherrard & P. Sherrard, Kegan Paul International, London.
The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism Part 1 and Part 2, (Scribd) 1994, trans. N. Pearson, Omega Publication, New Lebabon NY. 
Swedenborg & Esoteric Islam, (Scribd) trans. L. Fox, Swedenborg Foundation, 1995 "Mundus Imaginalis or the imaginary and the imaginal (1964);  "Comparative Spiritual Hermeneutics" (Eranos, 1964) 
The Voyage and the Messenger, 1998, trans. Joseph Rowe, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley. [translation of L'Iran et La Philosophie, Fayard, 1990]; Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion (1948); Iranian Studies and Philosophy (1951); Problem and Method in Religious History (1968); A Theory of Visionary Knowledge (1977); The Theme of the Voyage and the Messenger (1973); A Shi'ite Liturgy of the Grail (1974); Prophetic Philosophy and the Metaphysics of Being (1966); Sufism and Sophia (1956); The Musical Sense of Persian Mysticism (1967)
En Islam Iranien Vol 2: Suhrawardi and the Platonists of Persia. (Scribd). En Islam Iranienne: Aspects spirituels et philosophiques, 4 vol., Gallimard, Bib. Des Idees, 1971-73. Vol. II: Sohrawardi et les Platoniciens de Perse, 1973.  In English, 2003, Hugo M. van Woerkom.
NEW En Islam Iranien Vol 4:  l'Ecole d'Ispahan, l'Ecole Shaykhie, le Douzeieme Imam. (Scribd) in French.

Essays and Interviews - Chronological by date of composition or French publication :

1932 - Theology by the Lakeside in Henry Corbin, edited by Christian Jambet, Cahier de l'Herne, no. 39. Consacré à Henry Corbin, Paris, 1981.
1951, 56 - Cyclical Time in Mazdaism and Ismailism (1951) and The Time of Eranos (1956) in Man and Time: Papers from the Eranos Yearbooks from Scridb.
1953 - The Eternal Sophia (exerpt) & in French (entire): La Sophia Eternel « La Sophia éternelle » (à propos du livre de C.G. Jung : Antwort auf Hiob), Revue de culture européenne 5, 1953, 44 pp. English excerpts appear as translated by Molly Tuby in Harvest vol. 31, pp. 7-23. LONDON, 1985. 
1958 - The Jasmine of the Fideli d'Amore: A Discourse on Ruzbehan Baqli Shirazi. Sphinx 3: London, 1990. (Lecture in Teheran, November, 1958)
1962 - The Visionary Dream in Islamic Spirituality (1962) in The Dream and Human Society, University of California Press, Edited by G. E. VON GRUNEBAUM and ROGER CAILLOIS, 1966.
1964 - Mundus Imaginalis or, The Imaginary and the Imaginal (Ruth Horine's translation from Spring 1972This paper, delivered at the Colloquium on Symbolism in Paris in June 1964, appeared in the Cahiers internationaux de symbolisme 6, Brussels 1964, pp. 3—26. Also: Mundus Imaginalis or, The Imaginary and the Imaginal (Fox's translation from Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam) 
1967 - The Force of Traditional Philosophy in Iran Today. A lecture to the Faculty of Letters and the Humanities at the University of Teheran, November 13th, 1967. Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 2, No.1. 
1969 - Mysticism & Humour. This translation has been prepared from the second part of a lecture entitled "Mystique et Humour chez Sohrawardi, Shaykh al-Israq" presented in Teheran, November 19, 1969.
1972 - Réalisme et symbolisme des couleurs en cosmologie shî'ite in Eranos Jahrbuch 1972: The Realms of Colour / Die Welt der Farben / Le monde des couleurs, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1974. (Searchable text through Google Books.) (Also in English in Temple and Contemplation). 
1973 - "The Imams and the Imamate" (Ch. 12) and "Shi'i Hermeneutics" (Ch. 13) in Shi'ism: Doctrines, Thought and Spirituality edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Hamid Dabashi (from Google Books).
1974 - The Concept of Comparative Philosophy, 1981, trans. Peter Russell, Golgonooza Press.
1974A Shi'ite Liturgy of the Grail 
1976 - Apophatic Theology as Antidote to Nihilism (1976), in Le Paradoxe du Monothèisme, Ed. de l'Herne, 1981.
1976 - Emblematic Cities"Emblematic Cities: A Response to the Images of Henri Steirlin," trans. Kathleen Raine, in Temenos Journal 10: 11-24. (Orig. in French,1976)
1976 - From Heidegger to Suhrawardi: An Interview with Philip Nemo from Henry Corbin, edited by Christian Jambet, Cahier de l'Herne, no. 39. Consacré à Henry Corbin, Paris, 1981. 
1976 - The Paradox of Monotheism (Eranos, 1976) in Le Paradoxe du Monothèisme, Ed. de l'Herne, 1981.
1977 - Theory of Visionary Knowledge in Islamic Philosophy, (1977) in Temenos 8, 1987.
1978 - Prefatory Letter to David Miller's The New Polytheism, 1981.
1978 - Eyes of Flesh, Eyes of Fire. Material for Thought 8, 1980, Far West Institute, San Francisco, 5-10. (USJJ - 1978)
1978 - Dramatic Element Common to the Gnostic Cosmogonies of The Religions of The Book,  (pdf) Studies in Comparative Religion 14/3-4 (1980):199-221. (USJJ - 1978).
1979 - Towards a Chart of the Imaginal, Prelude, 2nd French Edition of Spiritual Body & Celestial Earth.(1979)
1981 - Theophanies and Mirrors: Idols or Icons? From Henry Corbin's La philosophie iranienne islamique aux XVII et XVIII siecles (Paris: Buchet-Chastel, 1981), pp. 358, 363-64. Translated from French by Jane A. Pratt and A. K. Donohue. This translation appeared in Spring : An Annual of Archetypal Psychology and Jungian Thought – 1983, pp 1-2. Dallas: Spring Publications. 


  1. Thank you so much for putting this list together!

  2. Awesome, thanks very much!

  3. Jami‘ al–Hikmatayn, ed. H. Corbin and M. Moin. Tehran and Paris, 1953. French trans. Isabelle de Gastines, Le Livre réunissant les deux sagesses. Paris, 1990.

    can't find it here?

  4. no... good luck finding that online...

  5. Hello everyone,
    I am hoping someone can help me with one of Henry Corbin books.Cyclical time and Ismaili Gnosis. I found a pdf file of the book except it is missing page 42 and 43. The pdf file jumps from page 41 to page 44. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Guess you're right. I have the same PDF copy with missing pages.