"...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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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Online Class: An Introduction to Henry Corbin - Jan-Feb 2019

Henry Corbin - Turkey, 1942

All the World an Icon
An Introduction to the Thought of Henry Corbin

An Online Course with Tom Cheetham

We meet once a week for 8 weeks in either of two sections:

Section 1: Tuesdays 2:30pm EST [7:30pm GMT] !
Begins January 8, 2019
- for those in Europe -
Section 2: Wednesdays 7pm EST [12am GMT] !
Begins January 9, 2019
- for those in W. Hemisphere -

Register or inquire about details by contacting me directly:

Tuition: $50 per 90-minute live class session. $400 for the course.
*Sliding scale: No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.*


Recordings of the live classes will be available for all registered students.
You do not have to attend a live session.

Classes will be via Zoom online meeting host.

Texts & Schedule

Henry Corbin. Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn'Arabi. Translated by Ralph Manheim,Princeton: Princeton University Press / Bollingen Series XCI, [1969], 1997.
Tom Cheetham. The World Turned Inside Out: Henry Corbin and Islamic Mysticism, Spring Journal Books, New Orleans, LA, 2003. Suggested reading.

Chapter 1
Chapter I
Chapter 2
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Prologue & Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8