Corbin was born in Paris in April In he encountered Louis Massignon , director of Islamic studies at the Sorbonne , and it was he who introduced Corbin to the writings of Suhrawardi , the 12th century Persian mystic and philosopher whose work was to profoundly affect the course of Corbin's life. Years later Corbin said "through my meeting with Suhrawardi, my spiritual destiny for the passage through this world was sealed. Platonism , expressed in terms of the Zoroastrian angelology of ancient Persia , illuminated the path that I was seeking. Corbin is responsible for redirecting the study of Islamic philosophy as a whole. In his Histoire de la philosophie islamique , he disproved in his research the common view that philosophy among the Muslims came to an end after Ibn Rushd.

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But that is merely the apertif, whereas this is the main course. This book consists of five lectures on various aspects of Shiite hermeneutics delivered by Corbin at the Eranos Conferences in Ascona, Switzerland.

The titles of the lectures are as follows: 1. Sabian Temple and Ismailism 4. The Imago Templi in Confrontation with Secular Norms The spirit of the symbol is revealed in its naked splendor within the content of these essays for anybody who is open to receive it.

As can be seen from the topics outlined above, this is not light reading by any means, but if you apply yourself diligently to its contents, you will be rewarded with an understanding far beyond that of the intellectual. The language of the mind pales in comparison to the language of the heart, and this book contains the linguistic keys to the heart's tongue, while pointing to an even higher means of apprehension.

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Henry Corbin

First published in Henry Corbin d. He introduced us to such seminal terms as the 'imaginal' realm, ta'wil, and 'theophany' into Western psychospiritual thought. Philip Sherrard was a poet, translator, literary scholar, theologian and interpreter of the Orthodox tradition.



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