Ensha-allah Rahmati said: Corbin is known as a traditionalist whereas he was a modern thinker with a critical view of modern period. He introduced Iranian Islam as an appropriate way of filling in spiritual gaps of man today.
critical session on Henry Corbin's 'Iranian Islam' was held on Tuesday (Feb 12)
at the Book City Center. During this session held with the presence of experts
Gholamreza A'vani, Karim Mojtahedi and Dariush Shaygan, Ensha-allah Rahmati
made a speech on the goals of Corbin of compiling this book. Mojtahedi and
Shaygan used to be Corbin's friends in his lifetime.
"Corbin wanted to resist the domination of secularism over
men. Corbin believed that not only the western man, but the eastern man has
also been trapped by secularism," he said.
"Some people regarded Corbin as a complete traditionalist
whereas he was a modern thinker with a critical view of modern period. He
introduced Iranian Islam as an appropriate way of filling in spiritual gaps of
man today. By writing this book he took a practical step towards filling in the
added: "Corbin emphasizes on the spirituality of Iranian Islam that is
both Shia and intuitive. He believes that the spiritual wisdom of Islam can be
an answer to human needs."
next speaker was Karim Mojtahedi whose acquaintance with Corbin, he remarked,
began with Avicenna's Hekayat-e-Tamsil.
on Corbin's expertise in western philosophy, he said his mastery over both
western and eastern philosophies was stunning. Before being acknowledged as an
orientalist, he was the heir of western culture and an occidentalist.
regarded his will to know as the most distinct characteristic of Corbin. He
started studying Iranian philosophers in a period when they were totally taken
for granted. We still do not know Avicenna the way we have to. His "In
Iranian Islam" tries to show that Iranians have taken successful steps
towards understanding Islam deeply.
to him, Hermeneutism is a pillar of this book. "According to Hermeneutism,
Corbin discusses that what great philosophers like Avicenna, Suhravardi and
Mulla Sadra have achieved is still resonating in our lives.
Shaygan, Corbin's close friend, said Corbin had European tastes as a French
scholar. He was the first translator of Heidegger to French and has an affinity
with German philosophers. Therefore, he was first a Germanologist and then an
Islamologist, although we tend to ignore this. It was through is writings that
the west became familiar with Suhravardi.
asserted that Shiism was promoted in Iran quickly because it shared a similar
intellectual background with Zoroastrianism as they both believed in the
reappearance of the Savior.
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