"...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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Friday, May 4, 2012

Temenos Academy (London) May Newsletter


May 2012

On 14 May at 7pm at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1, Guy Ogilvy will give a lecture entitled Alchemy & Colour. He will speak about the symbolic significance of colour in alchemy, and the production of traditional pigments following alchemical processes and principles.
Admission £5 or £3.50.
On Saturday 19 May at Rewley House in Oxford, Temenos Academy lecturers Julia Cleave, Jill Line, Joseph Milne and Valerie Rees, will present the study day New Light on the Renaissance, an event organised in collaboration with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. The Chair for the day will be Grevel Lindop.
For further information and bookings please contact Rewley House:
Tel. 01865 270368
Email ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk
Website www.conted.ox.ac.uk

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BBC World Service Radio will be presenting a programme on Kahlil Gibran presented by Ian Skelly (Chairman of the Temenos Academy) and featuring Prof. Suheil Bushrui (Fellow). The Man Behind the Prophet will be broadcast in the ‘Heart and Soul’ series at different times between the 4th and 7th of May. For further information please go to the ‘Heart and Soul’ website of the BBC World Service
Temenos Academy Fellow Wendell Berry’s lecture for the USA National Endowment for the Humanities, ‘It All Turns on Affection’, is available to read here
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Your attention is drawn to the Temenos Academy Audio Archive on the Temenos Academy website
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Further information about the Temenos Academy is available on our website or by telephoning 01233 813663.

The latest full programme of lectures and events is now available at:
A booking form is also available on that page
Further information and reservations
The Temenos Academy, P O Box 203, Ashford, Kent TN25 5ZT
Tel. 01233 813663 email: temenosacademy@myfastmail.com

The Temenos Academy is a Registered Charity


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