Philosophy and the Intellectual Life in Shīʻah Islam

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Edited by Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad, Ph.D. 2000.

Contains a series of studies into the philosophical trends and thinkers associated with the Shīʻī tradition from a symposium held September 2-4, 2015, at the Warburg Institute in London, England. The volume offers insight into the rich intellectual history in Shīʻah Islam of examining enduring and integral theological, mystical, metaphysical, and epistemological questions. The chapters are broad in scope, commencing from the classical period of philosophical theology and proceeding to examine philosophical aspects of the thought of al-Shaykh al-Mufīd, Mīr Dāmād, and Mullā Ṣadrā, amongst others.


Preface / Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi -- Introduction / Sajjad H. Rizvi -- The theory of states from al-Mufīd to al-Murtaḍā / Hussein Abdulsater -- 'Imamate by any other name would smell as sweet': Ibn al-ʻArabī's Doctrine of the Perfect Man (al-insān al-kāmil) / Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad -- Seals and sealing of Walāyah in Ṣufi and Shīʻī texts: the cases of al-Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī and Saʻd al-Dīn Ḥamūyah / Elizabeth R. Alexandrin -- The wisdom of God and the tragedy of history: the concept of appearance (badāʼ) in Mīr Dāmād's Lantern of brightness / Matheiu Terrier -- Applying gradational ontology to logic: Mullā Ṣadrā on propositions / Sümeyye Parildar -- The intellect in Mullā Ṣadrā's commentary on the Uṣul al-kāfī / Jari Kaukua -- Rajab ʻAlī Tabrīzī's 'Refutation' of Ṣadrian metaphysics / Muhammad U. Faruque, Mohammed Rustom -- The Imām's ethical body: embodied virtue and the human constitution in Shīʻī philosophy / Cyrus Ali Zargar.

Shī'ah Institute Press