The elixir of the gnostics

Mullā Ṣadrā ; a parallel English-Arabic text translated, introduced, and annotated by William C. Chittick

Sadr al-Din Muhammad Shirazi (1572-1640), more commonly called Mulla Sadra was one of the grand scholars of later-period Islamic philosophy and has grown to become one of the best-known Muslim philosophers. "Iksir al-Arifin" or "Elixir of the Gnostics", is unique among Sadra's writings in that it reworks and amplifies an earlier Persian work, the "Jawidan-nama" ("Book of the Everlasting") by Afdal al-Din Kashani, or Baba Afdal. The underlying theme of Sadra's amplification is emblematic of Muslim philosophy: the importance of self-knowledge is an individual's journey of "Origin and Return", the soul's origins with God and its eventual return to Him. Everything, Sadra says, is on such a path, gradually disengaging from the material world and returning to a transdencent essence - all leading to a final fruition in which everything in the universe returns to God and finds permanent happiness. Philosophy, Sadra argues, is the most direct means to self-knowledge - and thus the best tool for navigating this journey.

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書名 The elixir of the gnostics
著作者等 Chittick, William C.
Mullā Ṣadrā
Chittick William
Sadra Mulla
書名別名 Elixir of the gnostics
シリーズ名 Islamic translation series
出版元 Brigham Young University Press
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 xxxvii, 87, 145 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780934893701
NCID BA65185732
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言語 アラビア語
原文言語 アラビア語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国