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An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol IV: From the School of Illumination to Philosophical Mysticism by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi

The fourth volume ofAn Anthology of Philosophy in Persia deals with one of the richest and yet least known periods of philosophical life in Persia, the centuries between the seventh-thirteenth century, that saw the eclipse of the school of Khorosan, and the tenth-sixteenth century that coincided with the rise of the Safavids. The main schools dealt with in this volume are the Peripatetic (mashsha'i) School, the School of Illumination (ishraq) of Suhrawardi, and various forms of philosophical Sufism, especially the school of Ibn 'Arabi, that had its origins in the works of Ghazzali and 'Ayn al-Qudat Hamadani. This period was also notable for the philosopher-scientists such as Nasir al-Din Tusi and Qutb al-Din Shirazi.

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ISBN-13: 9781848857490
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of over 300 articles and thirty books, and has lectured widely on Islamic philosophy.

Mehdi Aminrazavi is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, and is currently Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Mary Washington, where he directs the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Table of Contents

List of Reprinted Works xiii

Note on Transliteration xv

List of Contributors xvii

General Introduction S. H. Nasr 1

Introductory Analysis M. Aminrazavi 10

Part I The School of Illumination

Introduction S. H. Nasr 17

1 Sbihab al-Din Suhrawardi

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 23

The Philosophy of Illumination (from Hikmat al-ishraq) 26

2 Shams al-Din Muhammad Shahrazuri

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 53

Excursion of Spirits and Garden of Delights (from Nuzhat al-arwah wa rawdat al-afrah) 56

3 Qutb al-Din Shirazi

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 77

Pearl of the Crown (from Durrat al-taj) 80

4 Jalal al-Din Dawani

Introduction S. H. Nasr 89

Commentary on Suhrawardfs 'Temples of Light' (from Sharh hayakil al-nur) 91

Flashes of Illumination on Praiseworthy Ethics, or, The Jalalian Ethics (from Akhlaq-i jalali) 119

5 Ibn Abi Jumhur Ahsa'i

Introduction S. H. Nasr 134

The Book of the Illuminated, Mirror of the Saviour (from Kitab al-mujli mir'at al-munji) 136

6 Mulla Sadra

Introduction S. H. Nasr 151

Glosses upon the Commentary of Suhrawardi's Philosophy of Illumination (from Ta'liqat 'ala sharh hikmat al-ishraq) 153

Part II The Revival of Peripatetic Philosophy

Introduction S. H. Nasr 175

1 Nasir al-Din Tusi

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 180

Commentary on Ibn Sina's Remarks and Admonitions (from Sharh al-isharat wa'l-tanbihat) 184

Treatise on the Division of Existents (from Risalah andar qismat-i mawjudat) 202

2 Afdal al-Din Kashani

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 230

Compositions (from Musannafat) 234

3 Dabiran-i Katibi-yi Qazwini

Introduction S. H. Nasr 253

Wisdom from the Source (from Hikmat al-'ayn) 255

4 Athir al-Din Abhari and Amir Husayn Maybudi

Introduction S. H. Nasr 267

Commentary upon Guidance through Wisdom (from Sharh hidayat al-hikmah) 269

5 Qutb al-Din Razi

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 284

Conception and Judgment (from al-Tasawwur wa'l-tasdiq) 286

Part III Philosophical Sufism

Introduction S. H. Nasr 307

1 Abu Hamid Muhammad Ghazzali

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 313

The Niche of Lights (from Mishkat al-anwar) 317

The Wisdom from God (from al-Risalat al-laduniyyah) 336

Three Treatises on Knowledge (from Thalath rasa'il fi'l-ma'rifah) 349

2 Ahmad Ghazzali

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 372

Auspices of Divine Lovers (from Sawanih al-'ushshaq) 375

3 'Ayn al-Qudat Hamadani

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 398

Dispositions (from Tamhidat) 401

The Letters (from Nama-ha) 412

4 Sadr al-Din Qunawi

Introduction S. H. Nasr 413

The Texts (from al-Nusus) 416

5 Sayyid Haydar Amuli

Introduction S. H. Nasr 435

The Sum of Secrets and the Source of Lights (from Jami' al-asrar wa manba' al-anwar) 438

6 Ibn Turkah Isfahani

Introduction S. H. Nasr 457

Establishing the Principles (from Tamhid al-qawa'id) 460

7 Mahmud Shabistari and Shams al-Din Muhammad Lahiji

Introduction S. H. Nasr 476

Commentary on the Secret Garden of Divine Mystery (from Sharh gulshan-i raz) 479

8 'Abd al-Rahman Jami

Introduction M. Aminrazavi 496

The Precious Pearl (from al-Durrah al-fakhirah) 499

Select Bibliography 520

Index 526

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