"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.
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Friday, March 16, 2012
Kayhan Kalhor & Behrouz Jamali - March 17 Freer Gallery
Kayhan Kalhor, kamanche; Behrouz Jamali, tombak
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 7:30 pm
Made possible through support from the Thaw Charitable Trust.
Pre-concert gallery tour, Arts of the Islamic World, 6:45 pm
One of the great masters of Persian music—and a three-time Grammy nominee—Kayhan Kalhor returns to the Freer for a rare intimate performance on the traditional Iranian kamanche (spike fiddle). Kalhor is a longtime performer and composer with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is cofounder of the Masters of Persian Music, Dastan, and Ghazal (with Shujaat Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri). His many other collaborations have ranged from work with Brooklyn Rider and the New York Philharmonic to the soundtrack for Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth. He is accompanied by Behrouz Jamali on tombak (drum).