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The Philosophy of Illumination 1st Edition

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Text: English, Arabic (translation)
Original Language: Arabic

About the Author

John Walbridge is professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.
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  • Series: Brigham Young University - Islamic Translation Series
  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Young University; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842524576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842524575
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 24, 2001
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This is a really fascinating book, albeit a difficult one, from a very unusual thinker. I'm absolutely delighted -- and more than a bit surprised -- that Brigham Young University Press has launched this series of translations, because we in the West know so very little about Islam and Islamic civilization. I recommend this volume to anybody interested in Islam, Islamic philosophy, mysticism, medieval history, or even Platonism.
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This is a magnificient effort. Dr Ziai's efforts with this and his other translations are very generous and clear. This is a major work by an important medieval philosopher. Although I'm not a specialist in Persian or Islamic thought this book gives me confidence that the textual terminology is translated in all its richness and specific rigor. This is a good book for the general reader of philosophy and stands apart from so much new age rubbish written about Sufism. The book is handsomely produced, beautifully designed, and very reasonably priced. I think anyone thinking of the future and with a wit to buying important editions of major philosophical texts shouldn't think twice about acquiring it. This is also a good book for students of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, for reasons that will be clear upon reading it.
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SUMMARY

I would have given my review of this book 10 stars (twice as much as possible) if I would have to rate the original Hikmat al Ishraq (Philosophy of Illumination), which I see in good agreement with my Taoist school, Taijixue, and the Pythagorean/Platonic philosophía. As this beautiful book of ancient Iranian wisdom is offered to me, however, as an insufficient translation, I give it only 4 stars. This is no criticism of the literary competence of the translators. They have certainly done the best they could. If they would, however, know the SUHRAWARDI CODE, they would have translated the book in various passages quite differently.

REVIEW

I studied this very fine and difficult book extensively jointly with John Walbridge’s 'The Leaven of the Ancients', Horten’s 'Die Philosophie der Erleuchtung nach Suhrwardi (1191 †)' and the support of Iranian friends. I was motivated to thoroughly investigate it, because of the long practical experience, which I gained in the Taoist school of Illumination (Taijixue) that is rooted in ancient philosophical Taoism (See taijixue.de) that goes back to 7000 BCE.

I expected some similarity of it with the Hikmat al Ishraq, which I wanted to corroborate. I am happy with my conclusions, which show that both teachings match very well from the perspective of my experience with Taijxue. I came in contact with Taijixue in 1997 (See my book, 'The Socrates Code', or the review: “Man, the measure of all things?” in The Philosopher, V. 102 No. 2, 2014). I have also dedicated a section to Suhrawardi in 'The Plato Code (Lotus Press, 2014)'.
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I gave this book a five because I found something I was looking for in the text. The book as a whole is Peripetetic Jibberish, sprinkled with extreme logic and critical thinking. It does, however, have two sentences that I found rather Illuminating. lol

I've found through my reading that Al-Suhrawardi was a very kind and spiritual person. If I had to guess, I'd say this book was written by either one or many people other than Suhrawardi, with the addition of two sentences by Suhrawardi.

On the surface, it seems to me that if someone understood this book and the completely new paradigm it suggests, they would have a very clear mind and an even better heart!
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