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The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism

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A penetrating analysis of the writings of the great Persian mystics on the quest for dawning light in the spiritual journey. Suhrawradi, Semnani, Najm alDin Kubra and other Sufis.
Paperback, 1st edition, 174 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Omega Publications (first published 1971)
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Feb 18, 2011 Timothy rated it really liked it
This book was a demanding but worthwhile read. Corbin analyzes the Sufi mystical experience in academic terms, but he also does his best to describe something that transcends words and to nourish the reader's intuitive understanding. He has his own political and religious agenda, but instead of steering him into a blinkered mindset, his beliefs serve as a creative springboard. He does tend to be repetitive, but this is probably necessary in order to maintain the reader's concentration. This is a ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students of Sufism, those interested in the roots of Illuminism
Henry Corbin is the very best interpretor of the Great Sheikh Ibn Arabi and other heavy Sufi thinkers. In The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism, he explores the impact of Zoroastrianism on burgeoning Persian Sufism. Among topics covered are the roots of Illuminism, encountering one's Perfect Nature or Holy Guardian Angel, and a study of the role of color in visionary experience. Yes, this can be slow going but it rewards the smart, patient reader in unexpected ways.
Cameron Adams
Jun 12, 2012 Cameron Adams rated it liked it
Very interesting but possibly the densest book I have ever read, possibly due to the fact that he uses established terms in an ideosyncratic way; eg anthropology to mean the physiological makeup of an individual. It takes a long time to figure out what he means and then you realise you are not worthy to read his book until you are an established Sufi scholar. Ah...French academics....
Gavin White
Jan 05, 2014 Gavin White rated it liked it
Shelves: persia
This is one of my first encounters with the Sufi tradition and although it contains much of interest the book as a whole is rather hard work. Firstly the language employed by the author at times reads like a philosophical treatise using an array of terms totally unfamiliar to most readers, which, combined with numerous unwieldy constructions makes the book difficult to read and at times difficult to understand. A second factor that makes it hard work is the penchant of French intellectuals to tr ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
L'homme de lumiere dans le soufisme Iranien = The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism, Henry Corbin (1903 - 1978)
عنوان: انسان نورانی در تصوف ایرانی، اثر: هانری(هنری) کربن(کوربن)؛ مترجم: فرامرز جواهری نیا؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گلبان، 1379، در 240، شابک چاپ سوم: 9789645768025؛ کتابنامه از ص 238 تا 240؛ موضوع: تصوف، ایران

بررسی و کنکاش در رسالههای: پورسینا، سهروردی، روزبهان شیرازی، و علاءالدوله سمنانی، در باره مفاهیمی چون: نور، رنگ، بالندگی مینوی، جهان فراحسی، و حکمت اشراق از دیدگاه تصوف ایرانی
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کربن آدم خاصیست و یک نظام فلسفی قوی پشت کارهاش هست، که میشود یکجاهاییش را البته از سر شور و وجد، حالا، نپذیرفت. ولی اینکه سه ستاره دادم چون ترجمه این کتاب بد است. مترجمی که سکس و یوگا ترجمه کند و در مقدمهی کتاب، کربن را کنار جبران خلیل جبران و کاستاندا بگذارد نباید هم بداند دارد چکار میکند. وقتی شیخ را و عارف را "استاد" ترجمه میکند و فهمش از عرفان و این مباحث کربن در حد کاستاندا باشد انتظاری هم ندارم. وقتی در مقدمه هم برای این ترجمهی خودش دلیل بتراشد قضیه دردناک میشود که نتوانی کتابی را که دوست ...more
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Dec 05, 2016 Jasbeer Musthafa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysticism
Corbin is one among those authors/philosophers whom I had real difficult to comprehend. This book was one among those titles that made me work hard between lines. This book is a dense analysis of Persian luminaries of mysticism- Suhrawardi, Semnani, Najmuddhin al Kubra et al. This is a recommendable title to anyone who seeks knowledge on esoteric significance. You may find it bit tricky to understand but you will be fascinated!
Ed Schulte
Apr 08, 2016 Ed Schulte rated it it was amazing
Anyone with direct experience(s) of the subjective light, non-reflected , Divine light will immediately recognize what Corbin was wanting to convey. I doubt he himself had such experiences but no matter. His scholastic enthusiasm for Iranian Sufism and love of the Light subject shines bright here.
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Henry Corbin was a philosopher, theologian and professor of Islamic Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. As a boy he revealed the profound sensitivity to music so evident in his work. Although he was Protestant by birth, he was educated in the Catholic tradition and at the age of 19 received a certificate in Scholastic philosophy from the Catholic Institute of Paris. Three years later he took ...more
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