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ɪˈmeɪ gə nl, ɪˈmɑ-imag·i·nal

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  1. imaginaladjective

    Of or relating to the imagination, or to a mental image.

  2. imaginaladjective

    Of or relating to the insect imago.


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    Henry Corbin (14 April 1903 – 7 October 1978) was a French philosopher, theologian, and Iranologist, professor of Islamic studies at the École pratique des hautes études. He was influential in extending the modern study of traditional Islamic philosophy from early falsafa to later and "mystical" figures such as Suhrawardi, Ibn Arabi, and Mulla Sadra Shirazi. Corbin was born in Paris in April 1903. Although Protestant by birth, he received a Catholic education, obtaining a certificate in Scholastic philosophy from the Catholic Institute of Paris at age 19. Three years later he took his "license de philosophie" under the Thomist Étienne Gilson. He also studied modern philosophy, including hermeneutics and phenomenology, becoming the first French translator of Martin Heidegger. In 1928, Louis Massignon (director of Islamic studies at the Sorbonne) introduced him to Suhrawardi, the 12th-century Persian Muslim thinker. This drew Corbin's interest to Iranian Islam, which he believed esoterically expressed older perennial elements related to Zoroastrianism and Platonism. In a late interview, Corbin said: "through my meeting with Suhrawardi, my spiritual destiny for the passage through this world was sealed. Platonism, expressed in terms of the Zoroastrian angelology of ancient Persia, illuminated the path that I was seeking."Corbin regularly spent time in Iran, working with Shia thinkers such as Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also became prominent in the Eranos circle of scholars initiated by Carl Jung, whose theories (such as the collective unconscious and active imagination) he appreciated. Aside from Islamic philosophy, Corbin wrote on Christian mysticism, especially Emanuel Swedenborg and the Holy Grail. His general work Histoire de la philosophie islamique (1964) decisively challenged the common European view that philosophy in the Islamic world declined after Ibn Rushd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imaginaladjective

    characterized by imagination; imaginative; also, given to the use or rhetorical figures or imagins

  2. Imaginaladjective

    of or pertaining to an imago

  3. Etymology: [L. imaginalis.]


  1. Imaginal

    pertaining to the adult or imago.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imaginal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imaginal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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