In offering the two Latin words mundus imaginalis as the title of this discussion, I intend to treat a precise order of reality. It is perhaps worth making this essay available here in spite of the fact that it can also be found online here in a different translation. This pdf. Henry Corbin’s Mundus Imaginalis, Sufism, neurological damage, psychic opening, and imagination gone awry. by Barbara Croner & Sheila.

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In other respects, we could certainly talk of this coniunctio of human and angelic in terms of individuation, for the ego must undergo a painful transformation before the encounter with the angel can occur.

Henry Lawson marked it as to-read Aug 01, This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat imagibalis Alex marked it as to-read Jul 24, This intermediate world has its own consistent topography, but is also constantly influenced and shaped by the physical and the spiritual worlds.

It is not located anywhere and it is not covered by the question “where”, the ubi category referring to a place in sensible space. Let us be very clear when we speak of this.

Corbin, Avicenna and the Visionary Recital Princeton: Mustafa Al-Laylah rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Sadra Shirazi, among others, has expressed himself repeatedly on this point with particular forcefulness.

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The Legacy of Henry Corbin: Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal

Corbin, The Voyage and the Messenger: It is simply the “place of its appearance. Christian philosophy Scholasticism Thomism Renaissance humanism. Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal. The imavinalis imagination guides, anticipates, molds sense perception, that is why it transmutes sensory data into symbols.

Stein introduced us to the work of Henry Corbin —who was a professor of Islamic Studies at the Sorbonne, a Christian theologian, and an expert on 12th and iimaginalis c. What Sohrawardi therefore describes as being located “beyond Mount Qaf’ is what all the mystical cities, such as Jabalqa, Jabarsa, and Hurqalya, represent for him and through him for the entire theosophist tradition of Islam. It is a method of perception and exploration that is supposed to straddle the physical world and the Mundus Imaginalis, allowing interplay between them Voss, p.

Swedenborg Foundation,p. There is one that simultaneously and as such turns towards the Angel. The three major works upon which his reputation largely rests in the English speaking world were first published in French in the s: It is there, at the heart of being, in the shade of the Tree imzginalis at the edge imaginalus the Spring, that the sanctuary is found where the Hidden Imam may be most closely approached.

Nundus Post Older Post Home. I do not believe, for example, that the descriptions of the “Perfect City” by Farabi in the tenth century, or, along the same lines, the “Rule of the Solitary ” 2 by the Andalusian philosopher Ibn Bajja Avempace in the twelfth century, were projections of what we call today a social or political utopia. We try to run from this reality, even when we are secretly attracted by it.


There is an abyss between the two.

Corbin was an important source for the archetypal psychology of James Hillman and others who have developed the psychology of Carl Jung. Knowledge, after all, is separated from its object by some degree of otherness.

His magnum opus is the four volume En Islam Iranien: Mundus imaginalis In his essay, mundus imaginalis, or the imaginal and the imaginary, Corbin gives a detailed exposition of this interworld as a place of visionary revelation and events that are experienced as more vividly real than everyday reality.

In fact, the Persian word abad stands for a city, a cultivated region that is inhabited and consequently mundux expanse.

Mundus Imaginalis, or The imaginary and the Imaginal

Thus the name Na-koja-Abad: Published first published January 1st When Massignon gave him a volume of the 12th c.

Hence we find the expression Na-Koja-Abad, which is a place out of space, a “place” that is not contained in any other place, in a topos, making it possible to give an answer to the question “where” by a gesture of the hand.

Skip to main content. His major works in English translation are: The shaykh is his Companion, and he tells him that he has come to find him: