(Sadr al-Dīn al-Shirāzī)

Dr. Fazlur Rahman

This is one of the pioneering works on the life and works of Sadr al-Dīn Shirāzī (1572-1640), one of the greatest Islamic sages and philosophers, and 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; presents his essential teachings in a contemporary idiom; aims at a critical and analytical statement of his philosophy primarily con­tained in his monumental work Al-Asfār al-Arba‘a and shows that Sadra’s system, despite certain inner difficulties, is a highly original one revealing the extraordinary intellectual calibre of its author. The present work will further stimulate sorely needed philosophic research into this hitherto little explored but rich field of Islamic thought.

In thirteen densely written chapters the books covers all the fundamental issues of Ontology, Theology, Psychology and Eschatology (Man and his Destiny) as elucidated by Mulla Sadra in his magnum opus.


Dr. Fazlur Rahman


Dr. Fazlur Rahman is one of the most learned Muslim thinkers of the second-half of the twentieth century, in terms of both classical Islam and Western philosophical and theological discourse. He came from a Punjabi family steeped in traditional Islamic learning; and then went on to familiarise himself with modern critical thinking at Oxford under   H. A. R. Gibb and Van Der Bergh. Later, he returned to Pakistan to head up the Central Institute of Islamic Research which was set up by the Pakistani government for implementing Islam. However, due to the political situation in Pakistan, Rahman was hindered from making any progress in this endeavour and he returned to North America to re-evaluate his religious heritage and started teaching there. After teaching at UCLA as a visiting professor for a few years, he moved to the University of Chicago in 1969 and established himself there becoming the Harold H. Swift Professor of Islamic Thought. At Chicago, he was instrumental for building a strong Near Eastern Studies program that continues to be among the best in the world. Rahman also became a proponent for a reform of the Islamic polity and was an advisor to the state department. So far, he is the only Muslim to receive the prestigious Giorgio Levi Della Vida prize (1983). He has published numerous articles and books, among them, Avicenna’s PsychologyIslamIslam and Modernity; Major Themes of the Qur’ānRevival and Reform in IslamIslamic Methodology in History and Health and Medicine in the Islamic Tradition.


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