From the Back Cover
Twelfth-century Islamic philosopher Suhrawardiµ attempted to revive Platonism in an era of Avicennan Aristotelianism. Modern scholars have portrayed Suhrawardiµ as wishing to revive an "oriental" wisdom and associate him with ancient Persia. In this book, John Walbridge uses Suhrawardiµ as a vehicle to explore the tendency of Platonic philosophers to romanticize oriental wisdom.
The work presents Suhrawardiµ and defines the problem of Platonic orientalism, both in general and in relation to Suhrawardiµ. Egypt and the Hermetic tradition, ancient Persia and the notion of metaphysical light, and India, Buddhism, and the transmigration of souls are all covered in terms of their influence or lack of influence in Suhrawardiµ's thought. The book also explores the role of Platonic and Suhrawardiµan orientalism in various cultures over the years.
About the Author
John Walbridge is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages at Indiana University, and the author of The Leaven of the Ancients: Suhrawardiµ and the Heritage of the Greeks.