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Mulla Sadra

Mulla Sadra

by Sayeh Meisami
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Mulla Sadra (1572–1640) is perhaps the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world. The author of over forty works, he sought to bring to life the whole heritage of Islamic thought, from philosophy to mysticism, and create a more flexible and conciliatory approach to the problems which seemed to dissociate reason from faith. In this wide-ranging profile, Sayeh Meisami reaches beyond historical narrative to assess the true impact of the man and his ideas. This thought provoking and comprehensive account is ideal for readers interested in uncovering the life and thoughts of a man who represents the climax of intellectual tradition at a crucial point in the history of Islamic civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851684298
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Makers of the Muslim World Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sayeh Meisami is a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, where she leads the Islamic Philosophy Reading Group.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 The Man and His Work 1

Life and Works 6

Mulla Sadra and the School of Isfahan 13

Transcendental Philosophy 17

2 The Reality and Gradation of Being

Being and Quiddity 23

The Ground of Reality 24

Is Quiddity an Illusion? 27

Diversity in Unity 29

Unity in Diversity 35

3 The Unity of the Knower and the Known 43

Knowledge and Being 43

The Hierarchy of Knowing 44

Knowledge by Presence 47

Knowledge and Realization 52

4 The Beginning and the End 61

Substantial Motion 61

The Ground of Motion 63

Temporal Origination and Eternity 65

The Soul 72

The Resurrection 76

5 God and His Attributes 81

Theology in Transcendental Philosophy 81

The Existence of God 83

The Oneness of God 88

The Attributes 93

Divine Knowledge 95

Divine Will 102

Free Will 105

Prophets, Imams and Awliya 108

6 The Philosopher's Legacy 113

Early Influence: Students and Critics 113

Mulla Sadra in the Qajar and Pahlavi Periods 117

After the Islamic Revolution 124

Outside Iran 127

Select Bibliography 133

Index 137

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