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Swedenborg & Esoteric Islam by Henry Corbin

Swedenborg & Esoteric Islam by Henry Corbin

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Two essays by Henry Corbin, the eminent French scholar of Islam. Although his primary interest was the esoteric tradition of Islam, Corbin also was a lifelong student of the theological works of Emmanuel Swedenborg.

The first essay, 'Mundus Imaginalis, or The Imaginary and the Imaginal', clarifies Corbin’s use of the term he invented, 'mundus imaginalis', or 'the imaginal world'. This important concept appears in both Swedenborgian and esoteric Islamic spirituality.

The second article, 'Comparative Spiritual Hermeneutics', compares the revelation of the internal sense of the sacred books of two distinct religions, Christianity and Islam. Corbin considered Swedenborg “the prophet of the internal sense of the Bible”.
Two essays by Henry Corbin, the eminent French scholar of Islam. Although his primary interest was the esoteric tradition of Islam, Corbin also was a lifelong student of the theological works of Emmanuel Swedenborg.

The first essay, 'Mundus Imaginalis, or The Imaginary and the Imaginal', clarifies Corbin’s use of the term he invented, 'mundus imaginalis', or 'the imaginal world'. This important concept appears in both Swedenborgian and esoteric Islamic spirituality.

The second article, 'Comparative Spiritual Hermeneutics', compares the revelation of the internal sense of the sacred books of two distinct religions, Christianity and Islam. Corbin considered Swedenborg “the prophet of the internal sense of the Bible”.

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@ 1995 by konard FoxSccondrinting,1999All rights reserved.Printed n the UnitedStates fAmerica.Nopartof thispublica'tion maybereproducedor transmittcdn any orm or by any means,lectronicormcchanical, ncludingphotocopying, ecording,or anynformation storage r reffievalsystcm,withoutprior permissionrom thepublisher."tr{undusImaginalis"and"Herm6neutique pirituellccompar6efirst appearednHenriCorbin, Face eDieu,ocede 'ltommeParis:Flammarion,1984). Reprintedbypermission.ranslated y LeonardFox.SwcdenborgStudies s a scholarlymonographseriesublishcdbythe SwedenborgFoundation.Thcprimary purposeof theseriessto makematerials vailableor under-standing he life and thought of EmanuelSwedenborg1688-1772)and he impactthat his thought hashad on others.The Foundationundertakesopublishoriginalstudiesand English ranslations fsuch studiesnd o republishrimary sourceshatareotherwisedifficultto access. roposalshouldbe sent:Editor,Swedenborg tudies,Swcdenborg oundation,320N.ChurchStreet,WestChcster,PA 19380.Li broryofC ongrus Ca alogingin -Pab i cnti on DasCorbin, Henry.[Mundusmaginalis.English]Srvedenborgnd esotericslam : trvo studies,/ HenryCorbin : translatedyLconardFoxp.cm. --(Swcdenborgtudies no. 4)Translated rom the French.Contents:Mundus maginalis-Comparativepiritual ermeneuticsISBN0-87785-183-2paper)L lshraqiyah.2. Imagination--Religiousspects--Islam.3. Symbolismn the Koran. 4. Koran--Hermeneutics.. Shl'ah--Doctrines.6. Swedenborg,Emanuel,1688-1722--Contributionsn biblical hcrmeneutics.7. Bible--Hermeneudcs..Hermeneutics--Religiousspects--Comparativetuc-ics.I. Fox, konard. II.Corbin,Henry.Hcrm6neutiquepirituelleompar6c.English.III. Titlc. [V.SeriesRPr89.7,t74c67r31995289.4'092-d,c20Eclitccl y Barbara'}hillipsl)csigncdbyJoarrrra.Hill'l'ypcsctirriillirrrdry Ruttle,Shaw&Wctherill, nc.94-30687CIP
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Translatorts Preface
mong the many scholars in diverse disciplines whohave studied the Writings of Swedenborg over thepasttwo centuries,Henry Corbin occupiesauniqueplace.Universallyconsidered o be one of thegreat-est Islamicistsof this century, Corbin held the chairinIslam atthe Sorbonne from 1954 to1974. Duringthis timehealso or-ganizedand served asthedirector of the departmentof Iranicstudies attheInstitut franco-iranien n Teheran. At the time ofhis death, in 1978, Corbin'slegacyncluded alarge numberoforiginalbooks and articles,aswell as numerous editions inPer-sian of important Sufi and Isma'iliauthors. Severalof his majorworks have been translated into English: Crentite ImaginationintheSufisrn of Ibn'Arabi;Apicenna and. theVisionaryRecital;Spiritual Body nnd Celestinl Earth: Frow MazdeanIran toShi'iteIran; TheMan ofLight in Iraninn Swfi.sm;Ternpleand. Contew-plation;History of Islamic Philosophy, and Cyclical Tirne andIs-ruoili GnosilAlthough Corbin'sprimaryinterest was the esoteric radition inIslam, healsostudiedthe Writings ofSwedenborg for manyyears,and hc frequently mentionsaspectsf Swedenborg's heologicalsyslcnl irr lris brxrkson Sufi and Isma'ili subjects. Corbinoncewrotctlrathc hatl"plungedinto the rcading ofSwcdcnborg,

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