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By Henry Corbin

ISBN-10: 0691058342

ISBN-13: 9780691058344

"Henry Corbin's works are the simplest consultant to the visionary tradition.... Corbin, like Scholem and Jonas, is remembered as a pupil of genius. He was once uniquely outfitted not just to get better Iranian Sufism for the West, but additionally to safeguard the valuable Western traditions of esoteric spirituality."--From the advent by way of Harold BloomIbn 'Arabi (1165-1240) used to be one of many nice mystics of all time. in the course of the richness of his own adventure and the confident energy of his mind, he made a different contribution to Shi'ite Sufism. during this booklet, which encompasses a strong new preface through Harold Bloom, Henry Corbin brings us to the very center of this stream with a penetrating research of Ibn 'Arabi's lifestyles and doctrines.Corbin starts off with one of those religious topography of the 12th century, emphasizing the variations among exoteric and esoteric sorts of Islam. He additionally relates Islamic mysticism to mystical idea within the West. the rest of the e-book is dedicated to 2 complementary essays: on "Sympathy and Theosophy" and "Creative mind's eye and artistic Prayer." a piece of notes and appendices comprises unique translations of various Su fi treatises.Harold Bloom's preface hyperlinks Sufi mysticism with Shakespeare's visionary dramas and excessive tragedies, resembling The Tempest and Hamlet. those works, he writes, intermix the empirical international with a transcendent aspect. Bloom exhibits us that this Shakespearean cosmos is comparable to Corbin's "Imaginal Realm" of the Sufis, where of soul or souls.

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This - 6t $ a. The Cunteand Symbols Introduction shaikhhad a daughter who combinedextraordinaryphysical beauty with great spiritual wisdom. We shall find ample traces of this incident below (Ch. II), Not to understand,or to affectnot to take seriously Ibn 'Arabi's consciousintention,in addressingthe young girl Sophia,of expressinga divine love, would be neithermore nor lessthan to closeone'seyesto the theophanismon which this book insists becauseit is the very foundationof our shaileh's doctrine,the key to his feelingfor the universe,God and man, and for the relationshipsbetweenthem' lf, on the other hand, one has understood,one will perhapsby that same token, glimpse a solution to the conflict between symbolistsand with the religionofthe Fcdzlid amorc, philologistsin connection For theophanismthere is no dilemma, Dante's companions.

This commentary shows that the rite of investiture with the mantle, whether at the hands of Khi{r himself or through an intermediary, effectsnot only an affiliation, but an actual ijenti_ fication with Khi{r's spiritual state. Ifyou are Khidr. ,Khidr of his " Phenomenologically speaking, the real presence b_eing. "h"type. This is the situation we have analyzed above, showinE to* it solves the dilemma presentedin terms of formal lJgic. Arabil investiture with the mantle can be con_ ferred directly by Khidr, by an intermediary who has himself reccived it directly from Khi{r, or even by one who has received it from the first intermediary.

While those about him thought him dead, he in his inward universe was besiegedby a troop of menacing, diabolical figures. But then there arose a marvelously beautiful being, exhaling a sweet perfume, who with invincible force repulsed the demonic figures. " His anguishedfather at his bedside was indeed reciting that sura (the thiny-sixth of the Koran), which is intoned specificallyfor the dying. This was one of Ibn 'Arabi's first entrances into the'dlam al-mithal, the world of real and subsistent Images, to which we have referred at the beginning of this book.

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