This is the pioneering work not only on the life and works of Sadr al-Din Shirazi, one of the greatest Islamic sages and philosophers, but also marks the dawn of a wider perspective on Islamic philosophy; a perspective that corrects the classical view held in the West that Islamic philosophy constituted a passing phenomenon and was merely a bridge between the late antiquity and the Latin High Middle ages. It provides a scholarly and serious introduction of Mulla Sadra against the backdrop of the rich Islamic philosophic tradition and presents his essential teachings in a contemporary idiom. This extensive work on Mulla Sadra serves to delineate the contours of this outstanding intellectual figure in relation to the vast panorama of the Islamic tradition, introduces his life, and works and analyses the most important aspects of his doctrines. In six densely written chapters the books covers the Intellectual Background, Life and Works, The A..rfar, The Sources of Mulla Sadra’s Doctrines and Ideas, the question of What is ‘Transcendent Theosophy”?, The Metaphysics of Sadr al-Din Shirai and its Influence on Qajar Persia. The last chapter, The Qur’dnic Commentaries of Mulla Sadra, is added to this edition.


Seyyed Hossein Nasr

(b. 1933)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran, where he received his early education. He studied in the West and gained his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MA and PhD from Harvard University, where he studied the History of Science and Learning with special concentration on Islamic science and philosophy. In 1958, he returned to Iran to teach at Tehran University, where he was Professor of the History of Science and Philosophy. In 1962 he was visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and he taught there during the summer of 1965. During 1964-65, he was the first holder of the Agha Khan Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He also served as Vice Chancellor of Tehran University and Chancellor of the Arya-Mehr University of Technology in Iran. He was the founder and first President of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D. C. and President of the Foundation for Traditional Studies. Professor Nasr has lectured in America, Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Japan, and Australia and was the first Muslim Scholar to deliver the Gifford Lectures. He is the author of over twenty-five books and five hundred articles in Persian, English, Arabic and French. His works have appeared in more than ten languages. His important contribution is three generations of scholars he has trained in the course of his fifty-year scholarly career in Iran and the West.


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