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Man Of Light In Iranian Sufism

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Omega
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May, 1994
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9780930872489
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$24.95 CAD
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Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was an orientalist of the highest caliber; a respected translator, editor, and commentator of mystical and philosophical Persian and Arabic texts. The Man of Light, first published in French in 1971, is a metaphysical anthropology of the “Man of Light” as presented through the writings of the great Iranian masters—including Suhrawardi, Semnani, and Najm al-Din Kubra—in which he sees an unfolding and continuity of the idea of colour and light as symbols of spiritual development.

Corbin constantly relates the ideas of Persian Sufism to the spiritual knowledge of other Middle and Far Eastern religions, and includes a chapter on Goethe’s theory of physiological colour. In the foreword, Zia Inayat Khan writes:

Corbin reorients us along the “vertical dimension tending toward the cosmic north.” This is the heavenly pole and Orient of immaterial Light, and the proper environs of the “man of light” . . . Here active imagination apprehends supersensory phenomena, experiences as sequential coloured “photisms,” culminating in the “black light” of the midnight sun—not darkness, but luminous immaterial blackness—and visio smaragdina, the outburst of emerald light heralding “the secret of the mystery of Mysteries.”

This intellectually exacting text goes beyond theoretical speculation. The dance of analysis and insight carries us into the intuitive dimensions of the symbols of colour and light.

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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.

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