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

ISBN-10: 0691058342

ISBN-13: 9780691058344

Edition: 1998 (Revised)

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Description: "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 asThe TempestandHamlet. 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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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Plates
Between Andalusia and Iran: A Brief Spiritual Topography
The Curve and Symbols of Ibn 'Arabi's Life
At Averroes' Funeral
The Pilgrim to the Orient
The Disciple of Khidr
His Maturity and the Completion of His Work
The Situation of Esoterism
Divine Passion and Compassion
The Prayer of the Heliotrope
The "Pathetic God"
Of Unio Mystica as Unio Sympathetica
Sophiology and Devotio Sympathetica
The Sophianic Poem of a Fedele d'amore
The Dialectic of Love
The Creative Feminine
The Creation as Theophany
The Creative Imagination as Theophany, or the "God from Whom All Being Is Created"
The God Manifested by the Theophanic Imagination
The "God Created in the Faiths"
The Recurrence of Creation
The Twofold Dimension of Beings
Theophanic Imagination and Creativity of the Heart
The Field of the Imagination
The Heart as a Subtile Organ
The Science of the Heart
Man's Prayer and God's Prayer
The Method of Theophanic Prayer
The Secret of the Divine Responses
The "Form of God"
The Hadith of the Vision
Around the Mystic Ka'aba
Notes and Appendices
List of Works Cited
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