Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi

Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi

by Henry Corbin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691058342

ISBN-13: 9780691058344

Pub. Date: 03/02/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058344
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/02/1998
Series:
Bollingen Series (General) Series
Edition description:
With a New preface by Harold Bloom
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface
Introduction
Between Andalusia and Iran: A Brief Spiritual Topography3
The Curve and Symbols of Ibn 'Arabi's Life38
At Averroes' Funeral38
The Pilgrim to the Orient46
The Disciple of Khidr53
His Maturity and the Completion of His Work68
The Situation of Esoterism77
Divine Passion and Compassion105
The Prayer of the Heliotrope105
The "Pathetic God"112
Of Unio Mystica as Unio Sympathetica120
Sophiology and Devotio Sympathetica136
The Sophianic Poem of a Fedele d'amore136
The Dialectic of Love145
The Creative Feminine157
Prologue179
The Creation as Theophany184
The Creative Imagination as Theophany, or the "God from Whom All Being Is Created"184
The God Manifested by the Theophanic Imagination190
The "God Created in the Faiths"195
The Recurrence of Creation200
The Twofold Dimension of Beings207
Theophanic Imagination and Creativity of the Heart216
The Field of the Imagination216
The Heart as a Subtile Organ221
The Science of the Heart237
Man's Prayer and God's Prayer246
The Method of Theophanic Prayer246
Homologations257
The Secret of the Divine Responses262
The "Form of God"272
The Hadith of the Vision272
Around the Mystic Ka'aba277
Epilogue282
Notes and Appendices285
List of Works Cited391
Index399

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