Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Ṣūfism of Ibn ʻArabī

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Princeton University Press, 1998 - Religion - 406 pages
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"Henry Corbin's works are the best guide to the visionary tradition.... Corbin, like Scholem and Jonas, is remembered as a scholar of genius. He was uniquely equipped not only to recover Iranian Sufism for the West, but also to defend the principal Western traditions of esoteric spirituality."--From the introduction by Harold Bloom


Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240) was one of the great mystics of all time. Through the richness of his personal experience and the constructive power of his intellect, he made a unique contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. In this book, which features a powerful new preface by Harold Bloom, Henry Corbin brings us to the very core of this movement with a penetrating analysis of Ibn 'Arabi's life and doctrines.


Corbin begins with a kind of spiritual topography of the twelfth century, emphasizing the differences between exoteric and esoteric forms of Islam. He also relates Islamic mysticism to mystical thought in the West. The remainder of the book is devoted to two complementary essays: on "Sympathy and Theosophy" and "Creative Imagination and Creative Prayer." A section of notes and appendices includes original translations of numerous Su fi treatises.


Harold Bloom's preface links Sufi mysticism with Shakespeare's visionary dramas and high tragedies, such as The Tempest and Hamlet. These works, he writes, intermix the empirical world with a transcendent element. Bloom shows us that this Shakespearean cosmos is analogous to Corbin's "Imaginal Realm" of the Sufis, the place of soul or souls.


  

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Corbin is fascinating, though not an easy read. Well worth the effort though. This book is primarily about the Islamic Sufi, Ibn Arabi, and his writings about the sufi experience of a metaphysical ... Read full review

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Contents

Between Andalusia and Iran A Brief Spiritual Topography
3
The Curve and Symbols of Ibn Arabis Life
38
The Pilgrim to the Orient
46
The Disciple of Khidr
53
His Maturity and the Completion of His Work
68
The Situation of Esoterism
77
Divine Passion and Compassion
105
2 The Pathetic God
112
4 The Recurrence of Creation
200
5 The Twofold Dimension of Beings
207
Theophanic Imagination and Creativity of the Heart
216
2 The Heart as a Subtile Organ
221
3 The Science of the Heart
237
Mans Prayers and Gods Prayers
246
2 Homologations
257
3 The Secret of the Divine Responses
262

3 Of Unio Mystica as Unio Sympathetica
120
Sophiology and Devotio Sympathetica
136
2 The Dialectic of Love
145
3 The Creative Feminine
157
Prologue
179
The Creation as Theophany
184
2 The God Manifested by the Theophanic Imagination
190
3 The God Created in the Faiths
195
The Hadith of the Vision
272
2 Around the Mystic Kaaba
277
Epilogue
282
Notes and Appendices
285
List of Works Cited
391
Index
399
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About the author (1998)

Henry Corbin (d. 1978) was professor of Islamic relgion at the Sorbonne and director of the department of Iranic studies at the Institut franco-iranien in Tehran. His wide-ranging work included the first translations of Heidegger into French, studies in Swedenbort and Boehme, writings on the Grail and angelology, and definitive translations of and commentary on Persian Islamic/Sufi texts. He introduced us to such seminal terms as the 'imaginal' realm, ta'wil, and 'theophany' into Western psychospiritual thought. His published works include Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital, and The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism.

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