"...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, October 13, 2017

"This Vast Earth: Ibn 'Arabi's Ecology of Consciousness"

Conference website
Friday, Nov 10, 2017
Founders Room, Carillo Recreation Center

100 East Carillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
  • 7:00pm Welcome
  • 7:10pm Keynote Speech: Michael Sells
  • 7:45pm Selected Readings from the poetry of Ibn ‘Arabi
  • 8:00pm Performance by musicians from UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
McCune Room

6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building
El Colegio Rd
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • 9:00am Welcome
  • 9:15am - 12:10pmPlenary Session
  • 12:10pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pmWorkshops
  • 4:30pm Panel Discussion
  • 5:00pm End

2017 Annual conference

"This Vast Earth:
Ibn 'Arabi's Ecology of Consciousness"

November 10-11, 2017
UC Santa Barbara, California, USA

As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings offer a window into a form of Islam that the West is rarely exposed to, as well as a more sophisticated understanding of the more exalted aspects of the Islamic cultural heritage.
This conference will explore Ibn 'Arabi's ideas on consciousness with particular focus on his articulation of the "Vast Earth" as a living reality, and the landscape through which the awakened human travels.
The Ibn 'Arabi Society is pleased to partner this year with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UCSB 


Don't miss this special evening of spoken word and music.
  • Hear Michael Sells' keynote speechSpeaking Stone: Kaʿba, Love, Talk, and Consciousness in the Writings of Ibn ʿArabi
  • Hear to poetry readings in the original Arabic, and Michael Sells' incomparable translations into English, recited by John Mercer
  • Hear members of UCSB's own Middle East Ensemble
Register for the Friday Night Concert and Keynote, or for the Full Conference which includes Friday and Saturdayevents.