Author: Sohravardi. Translated and edited by Hossein Ziai
Publisher: Mazda Publishers
Description: Softcover. 103 pages.
Condition: Covers show shelf wear and scuffing. Small closed tear at the lower rear. Clean copy otherwise.
Dust Jacket: None as published.
Contents: "Shahāb ad-Dīn" Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardī also known as Sohrevardi) (1154-1191) was a Persian philosopher and founder of the Iranian school of Illuminationism, an important school in Islamic philosophy. The "light" in his "Philosophy of Illumination" is a divine and metaphysical source of knowledge. He is referred to by the honorific title Shaikh al-ʿIshraq "Master of Illumination" and Shaikh al-Maqtul "the Murdered Master", in reference to his execution for heresy. Mulla Sadra, the Persian sage of the Safavid era described Suhrawardi as the "Reviver of the Traces of the Pahlavi (Iranian) Sages", and Suhrawardi, in his magnum opus "The Philosophy of Illumination", thought of himself as a reviver or resuscitator of the ancient tradition of Persian wisdom.
This parallel English-Persian text contains the following:
On the Explanation of Some Philosophical Terms: and on Defining the Body and Some of Its States
On the Bounds of the Limited: Space and Time; and Remarks on Generation and Corruption
An Inquiry into the Self
On the Faculties of the Soul
On the Essence of the Necessary Being and Its Attributes
On the Activity of the Necessary Being
On the Upper Limits and Order of Being
On the Causes of Generation, the Good and Bad; and on Predestination and Fate
On the Immortality of the Soul: Happiness and Insolence, and Similar Things
On Prophecy, Miracles, Miraculous Powers, Dreams, and Similar Phenomena
Glossary of Technical Terms, Persian-English