The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism
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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Apr 08, 2008 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
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....
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...moreMore about Henry Corbin...