"...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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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mohammed Rustom

Professor Rustom is, among many other things, an authority on Henry Corbin and Mulla Sadr and an editor of a recent anthology of the writings of Wiliam Chittick. His webpage is well worth your attention:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Thomas Arzt Website

Fine new website of my friend and colleague
Thomas Arzt
Princeton-educated Physicist and Jungian Therapist
 in the Meditation Center of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim
 in Todtmoos-Rütte, Germany

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Discussion of the Corbin Quartet

As part of my presentation at Sonoma State University in April 
I was interviewed by Michael Lerner of Commonweal
We talked about Henry Corbin and the books in the quartet.

The audio file is now available HERE.
The New School at Commonweal