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Mulla Sadra Shirazi is the 1st try in English to provide an intensive preparatory research of the highbrow biography of this well-known Safavid philosopher. past makes an attempt by way of different thinkers were marred through ideological prejudice and the inability of significant highbrow rigour. a formal knowing of Islamic highbrow historical past calls for the research of canonical thinkers, of which Mulla Sadra is unquestionably one within the philosophical culture of Iran. The ebook eschews legends and theoretical constructs of bibliography in favour of a rigorous existence that attracts upon a variety of fundamental assets, lots of that are unpublished, and that reveal the importance and context of the highbrow contributions of Mulla Sadra. Mulla Sadra Shirazi is sort of a conventional biography in that it seeks to find the lifetime of the philosopher and his works in his ancient and highbrow content material. The process principles in Islam is a space of analysis that's of significant curiosity in the meanwhile; even the examine of philosophy has flourished in recent times. constantly, with fresh works on different Islamic philosophers, this ebook units the normal for forthcoming Islamic highbrow historical past by way of insisting upon an old and source-critical method, allied with a willing philological, but in addition philosophical, appreciation of the highbrow lifetime of a philosopher. The existence is predicated upon the latest scholarship on Safavid background and attracts extensively upon fundamental assets in Arabic and Persian, together with a couple of works in manuscript. for college students of Islamic notion within the early glossy interval and people with a specific curiosity in philosophy in Safavid Iran, this e-book could be the 1st aspect of reference. Mulla Sadra Shirazi becomes the root for additional examine either on Mulla Sadra and his notion, in addition to the idea and highbrow developments of his interval.

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163 AstarÁbÁdÐ, al-FawÁÞid al-Madaniyya, 35 tells us that he wrote such a work, corroborated by the biographical sources. See Appendix III below for details. 164 AstarÁbÁdÐ, al-FawÁÞid al-Madaniyya, 405–515, especially 500ff. 41 MULLA SADRA SHIRAZI Defending a traditionalist position, he further strengthened his claim in his conclusion where he implied that his interpretation was directly sanctioned by the Imams themselves who appeared to him in dreams and visions urging him to write the work, and appeared to others as well urging them to travel to Medina to urge him to write the work.

The third text is more slippery since there is little agreement on which text this is. If it is the SarayÁn 117 See RU V, 44–5; AA II, 250: he wrote a number of works in jurisprudence and commentaries on alIshÁrÁt and on the metaphysics of al-ShifÁÞ of Avicenna. Cf. Norman Calder, ‘Legitimacy and accommodation in Safavid Iran: the juristic theory of MuÎammad BÁqir al-SabzavÁrÐ (d. 1090/1679)’, Iran 25 (1987), 91–105. 118 On this Avicennian philosopher, see RawÃÁt, II, 350; RU I, 114; Tadhkirat al-mulÙk: A Manual of Safavid Administration, tr.

158 ShiÝi scholarship and presence in the Holy Cities remains largely terra incognita. But see Marco Salati, ‘Toleration, persecution and local realities: observations on the Shiism in the Holy Places and the BilÁd alShÁm’, in La ShÐÝa nell’Impero Ottomano (Rome 1993), 121–48 [see the addenda and corrections provided by RasÙl JaÝfarÐyÁn, ‘TÁrÐkh-i tashayyuÝ dar Makka’, in MaqÁlÁt-i TÁrÐkhÐ IV (Qum 1379 Sh/2000), 43–64]; idem, ‘A Shiite in Mecca: The strange case of the Mecca-born Syrian and Persian Sayyid MuÎammad Íaydar’, in R.

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