This is the first volume of Corbin’s magnum opus – probably why it’s not in English

This is only half of this one, you can look at the contents of the other untranslated volumes here too. Here is another subject from the first one- sounds simple

I’m just looking at them as Lamas, since that’s a spiritual leader we’ve been conditioned to behold with awe, for whatever reason. While understanding this religion probably isn’t going to be easy, I’m going to try.

I’ve only been able to find an HTML on the Frenchnet of the fourth volume, and it’s garbled.

So I type in “hidden imam” on z-library and see a book by an Iranian-American from 1978 – a piece of jargon that sounds important – عرفان

Das rite- if I’m going there I want to be familiar with the most intellectual framework possible. How to fit in with a neechen nature, there must be a way…

I saw this earlier too

Most of the executions there are for drug-trafficking though. Rather hang there than gradually have my spirit executed here.

This is how this guy begins his study – appropriate

Random question- does anyone know what sect of Islam Lawrence of Arabia helped out? Seems like he’s our only vague reference point and if he helped Sunnis that might be another thing that shapes our perception.

I emphasize again that for Corbin Shi’ism is “l’ésoterisme de l’lslam” i.e. it’s identical with Sufism, and the present writer doesn’t seem to disagree. That is to say that Imamology is difficult to grasp not simply because it is “superstition”.

What’s that, I should shut up about this and get a career and a wife? Get a clown job and marry a clown? That’s what I hear.

This is a good sign indeed

Like Corbin he also studied with Tabatabai, among others. It looks like a few of his books have been translated into English surprisingly. I have no idea how people perceive this avenue I’ve gone down, I’d be shocked if someone was like “Whoa I need to read Tabatabai now!” I just feel so alone with this.

I think just being there would cause an existential shift. Laughing in a public place about the west. That itself sounds like an “initiation”.

This is a sociological–specifically Weberian–study in question, and it seems like to even understand the phenomenon of the Iranian Revolution a prerequisite would have to be open-mindedness about Imamology, given that Khomeini is perceived as imam-esque. I just don’t think people in the west can interpret any of this objectively at all.

I think of this “grrrRRRRRR” meme again

The opinions of thots don’t matter, shut up. Modern-day western women are probably one of the most miserable people in history. “That’s supposed to be a secret!”

We’re not “all the same” – you can’t understand our political order unless you distinguish Jews and women as distinct groups with generally detectable characteristics.

More jargon – وَلِيّ‎

It seems Rumi has a “walī” connotation too, it’s like a saint. The writings of the imams are voluminous. It’s similar to how Jews read the Torah THROUGH the Talmud- Shi’ists read the Quran through the imams. Or a more immediate example you can understand- it’s similar to the way people today read ancient philosophers, religion, etc. THROUGH Marx. The imams didn’t all live at the same time, they weren’t some cafe-going clique or something like that. Kojeve is pretty popular- imagine he’s an imam that followed Marx in time. People here are of course much readier to believe “Stalin’s conscience” was an imam, for reasons mysterious to me.

The name of the hidden imam is Muhammad al-Mahdi. Can’t really judge unless you know what he’s about. It’s him that opposes the Shlyocracy today, virtually out of any historical figure. And you probably never even have heard his name. “Coincidences” and all that. Aren’t you embarrassingly hypocritical Marxists the footsoldiers of capital today? HAHAHAHA!

Some etymology

The Qur’an refers to the book of Moses as imam; and the Qur’an itself and the Sunna (normative tradition) are referred to as imam in the earliest legal literature.

If you think about it in cladistic terms, wasn’t Marx… from a family of Rabbis? And then we know that one of the most frequently alluded to books in Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the Lutheran Bible. I don’t think we “philosophy people” are as different from these Sufis as we want to believe.

I have the distinct sense that there must be something authentic about this Sufism simply because it’s so difficult to talk to others about. It seems like an impossible task to teach anyone in the west about this. And that’s a good sign, to me.

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