I’ve written before about how Harold Bloom was a gnostic, and held the controversial view that all great literature was written by gnostics, and it’s no surprise to find that he has prefaced one of Corbin’s books, and I think the following is important to show you
Corbin’s works are among the best guides to visionary tradition. Corbin was the peer, in his generation, of Gershom Scholem
I don’t know how good you are with names- Scholem, the 20th century master of Hebrew mysticism. The 20th century master of Islamic mysticism is quite obscure, one might say buried, for reasons that, in a word, you can imagine. Let’s put it this way- there’s still heavy smoke in the air after the Iranian Revolution, and seeing the endorsement above can clear that up some.
A connection to what I’ve written about popular movie franchises
Corbin laments our degradation of the Imagination into fantasy
So think about how you feel when you’re watching one of your “fave” fantasy movies. Perhaps that’s similar to the experiential state of a Muslim in a mosque or when reading the Quran. I WISH religion could engage me the way LOTR does! I’m a decadent westerner like anyone, I just have the other side of myself that’s interesting in these things too. I think it’s a noble project to attempt to understand the highest spiritual realities in a way that is as captivating as the best fantasy movies. Stop and try to pierce through the egoic realm for a second- wouldn’t that be great?
Remember that “psychocosmic mountain” I mentioned, the realm between the earth and the angels? One of the words for that is Hurqalya. This is what Bloom says of the writer in question
Corbin’s great strength is that he writes from Hurqalya, as it were
And let’s not forget who Bloom was, someone who appreciated the poets more than virtually anyone else in the 20th century. One might infer that he believed certain poets also “wrote from Hurqalya”.
I do have to note that Bloom does “that thing” which that other Yid did in interpreting Corbin I posted about here. “They” really go out of their way to keep people at a distance from Islamic writers. I purely talk about religion here constantly and I can’t for the life of me understand why so many people have expressed the desire that I be dead, boggles my mind. “We like the rabbis’ tricks, they keep us numb!” Huh, that’s it? Anyway, skipping over the jewy parts of Bloom one does tend to find illuminating remarks such as this
This is not to suggest that Shakespeare was God (not an idea that would alarm me!) but rather to say that the Sufic “Forms of God” have (to me, not to Corbin) the same imaginal status as Shakespeare’s greatest characters.
Approximations of “angels”.
This is such a defensive thing to say- you just know that he has the project of Greater Israel in mind when he writes this
Only with the hollyhoax shell would someone interject with this. They pull this kind of trick on Christians too, saying Don’t you remember the Old Testament? We made you! They don’t want the Muslims getting too far out of their reach either. Make sure to “imagine” only within Jewish limits, goy. While this all is obvious to me, most are probably fooled when they read Bloom doing this sort of thing (which he does in all books of his I’ve read). See, I don’t look for this. I approached it with respect for Bloom and I just happen to find this sort of thing. Similar to the other Yid I linked to, when they admit that Corbin was one of the chief esotericists of the 20th century they can’t do so without getting in a few stabs here and there, which they’d never do when talking about Scholem. Intelligent Islamists make them neurotic. Remember Bjerknes talking about how the Jewish war against the goyim is simultaneously a war in heaven to kill the angels that guard the goyim? Bloom here attempts to do that in subtle ways down on earth. I did not expect ANY of this when first studying World Religions as a teenager.