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#Corbin was not a thinker whose influences and interests were easily compartmentalised but rather his #Protestantism, #existentialism interest in #mysticism #RussianOrthodoxPhilosophy all came together in his study of #IranianIslam 1/
With respect to #phenomenology and #existentialism from Germany as well as #Hegelianism these were mediated by Alexander Koyré and Alexandre Kojève (1902-1968) both Russian exiles trained in Germany and teaching at #EPHE 2/ Image
From Kojève he first came to understand the #phenomenology of #EdmundHusserl (1859-1938) who also taught #Heidegger as well as #KarlJaspers (1883-1969) who taught at #Heidelberg before being blacklisted by the Nazis 3/ ImageImage
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#Corbin was one of a group of young #Protestant intellectuals in #Paris who discovered the work of #KarlBarth (1886-1968) the Swiss reformed theologian whom he met in Bonn in 1931 1/
Barth was known for his dialectical theology starting with his Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (#DerRömerbrief) published in 1919; in 1934 he openly opposed Nazi authority insisting upon the absolute sovereignty of the divine and returned to Switzerland 2/
‘Faith is awe in the presence of the divine incognito; it is the love of God that is aware of the qualitative difference between God and man and God and the world’ 3/
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Henry Corbin (1903-1978) remains an important influence on my reading of #philosophy and the #Shii tradition and after a quick presentation of his intellectual formation 1/ Image
I will present #Corbin relationship to #Protestant theology, #existentialism and #phenomenology #orthodox #Russian philosophy and theology before considering his engagement in #Iranian #Islam and its philosophies 3/
He studied philosophy at the famous section Ve (sciences religieuses) at the #ÉcolePratiquedesHautesÉtudes with Étienne Gilson (1884-1978), éminent medievalist and #Thomist, graduating in 1925 4/ Image
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Once in Cairo he married his lawyer’s daughter in 1934 and also joined the #Hamdiyya #Shadhiliyya founded by Shaykh Salama al-Radi (1867-1939) - in this period he also first met #Schuon in 11/ Image
By the end of the 1940s he had broken with #Schuon and no longer referred #Muslim #traditionalist adepts to him instead referring them to #Valsan - he disapproved of the ‘shallow’ #universalism and forgoing of #Muslim ritual of #Schuon instead of his own #traditionalism 12/
Dying in 1951, his funeral included close associates later disciples of #Schuon such as Martin Lings (1909-2005) a professor of literature at #CairoUniversity and Whitall Perry (1920-2005) before being buried in the tomb complex of his father in law 13/ ImageImage
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René Guénon (1886-1951) was as I mentioned recently perhaps the most prominent #traditionalist of the 20thC - a thread on him 1/ ImageImage
Starting from his interests in #traditionalist Catholic circles, #Freemasonry, #occultism he studied mathematics and philosophy and later #Indology at the #EPHE in #Paris 2/
He got a BA in philosophy 1915 from #EPHE but failed his aggrégation 1919 though he still managed to get a job at Catholic schools, his doctorate was also rejected 1921 #EPHE 3/
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One of the more unexpected elements of Restating Orientalism of #WaelHallaq was finding him use perhaps the most important 'traditionalist' of the 20th C René Guénon (later ʿAbd al-Wāḥid Yaḥyā, 1886-1951) to critique #Said… 1/ ImageImageImageImage
#Hallaq account is classic decolonizing use of elements of #Orientalism against the overarching apparatus and discourse 2/
I first came across #Guénon as a fresher reading the works of Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) - and read his La Grande triade and later Fundamental Symbols (reprinted in a series of his by Philosophia Perennis, a traditionalist publisher based in Cambridge) #Traditionalism 3/ ImageImage
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