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Henry Corbin (1903-1978) - Stella Corbin (1910-2003)

Henry Corbin (1903-1978)

Henry Corbin dans sa bibliothèque en 1973.

Orientalist and philosopher, Corbin is one of the most prominent thinkers of the twentieth century. Discipleof Etienne Gilson and Louis Massignon, whom he succeeded in the chair for the Study of Islam at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne, he was also one of the fundamental pillars - with CG Jung and M. Eliade, among others - of the Eranos Circle from 1949 to 1977, Director of the department of iranology of the Franco-Iranian Institute of Tehran from 1946 to 1970, professor for more than thirty years at the University of Tehran and a founding member of the University of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Henry Corbin opened the eyes of the West, about the existence of a completely unknown world: the deep spirituality of the great mystics and Shiite philosophy developed in East Muslim world, particularly in Iran, after the death Averroes. His work centered on the Islamic knowledge and spirituality, but developed in the context of the three monotheistic religions, has a considerable number of studies on rituals, as well as translations and editions of ancient unpublished Arabic and Persian texts, that he recovered himself patiently in the libraries of Turkey and Iran.

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  • The Invisible Teacher and His Disciples: C.G. Jung’s and Henry Corbin’s Approaches To “The Green One”
    Corbin met Jung at Ascona in 1949. In 1953 he published a long, insightful review of Jung’s Answer to Job. Yet, for all the respect, if not devotion, that Corbin expressed to Jung, and for all the sympathy that Jung showed Corbin, their relationship was never an easy one. Is there any textual ground that might allow us to see deeper, and more insightfully, into their differences and commonalities? Daniela Boccassini proposes to focus on the figure of al-Khidr, “the green and greening one,” as invisible teacher, as the awakener of both soul and text to their forgotten identity: a basic gnostic theme. A comparative reading of Jung’s and Corbin’s approaches to this figure may help us find their meeting place, at the confluence of the two seas.
  • Armelle Dutruc, Des profondeurs de l’être – Marie-Magdeleine Davy
    Philosophe, écrivaine et maître de recherche au CNRS. Elle croise N. Berdiaev, L. Massignon, G. Marcel, R. Godel, H. Corbin, S. Weil, H. Le Saux, et tant d’autres.
  • Logo Religions
    Henry Corbin’s Oriental Philosophy and Iranian Nativist Ideologies
    Ahmad Bostani. This paper aims to explore the roots of the nativist discourse among Iranian intellectuals in the 20th century prior to the Islamic Revolution, a discourse based on Eastern authenticity and the felt need for a return to Islamic, Persian, or Asian traditions.
  • Swedenborg i ezoterijski islam
    Nouvelle traduction croate de : Henry Corbin, «Herméneutique spirituelle comparée - I. Swedenborg II. Gnose ismaélienne», dans Eranos-Jahrbuch - Das menschliche Drama in der Welt der […]
  • Nell’Islam iranico. Aspetti spirituali e filosofici 4. La Scuola di Isfahan La Scuola shaykhî Il Dodicesimo Imâm e la cavalleria spirituale
    Nel quarto e ultimo volume di Nell’Islam iranico – la summa del suo pensiero filosofico, della sua ricerca e del suo lavoro di ermeneutica – Corbin ha finalmente modo di mostrare come in Iran si siano mantenute vive le più importanti correnti spirituali e filosofiche della tradizione esoterica shī-’ita, anche nei secoli che, in Occidente, corrispondono all’età moderna e contemporanea.