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The Philosophy of Illumination Hardcover – April 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0842524575 ISBN-10: 0842524576 Edition: 1st
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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Chan on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Ward on November 14, 2013
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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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