By Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi
The culture of philosophy within the Persian-speaking global is very wealthy, artistic and various. This anthology, that is divided into 3 volumes, goals to speak whatever of that richness and variety. The time period "philosophy" is known to in its widest experience to incorporate theological debate, philosophical Sufism and philosophical hermeneutics (ta'wil). Extending over a interval of greater than millennia, and showcasing translations via well-established students, the anthology bargains complete bibliographical references all through. For an individual drawn to exploring, in all their assorted manifestations, the attention-grabbing philosophical traditions of Persia, this kind of wide-ranging and bold paintings should be an critical source. quantity 2 covers 5 centuries of Ismaili philosophy, and comprises extracts from striking Ismaili works together with the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa (Treatises of the Brethren of Purity) and the philosophical odes of Nasir Khusraw. it really is of significant importance that, within the early centuries of Islam, philosophers have been encouraged through Pythagorean and airtight rules, that are frequently linked to Shi'i inspiration commonly and Ismailism particularly. Ismaili philosophy at the present was once capable of combine strands of Greco-Alexandrian proposal comparable to Hermeticism and Neo-Pythagoreanism, in addition to features of Mazdaeism and Manichaeism. It additionally confirmed marked curiosity in Neo-Platonism.
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This book was composed in the city of Mecca in the locality of Quraysh b. Hāshim, in the house of ʿAbd al-Manāf, and was found in the treasury of Bāqir al-Salām. Jaʿfar [al-] Juʿfī brought it to Kūfa. In the time of Hārūn [al-Rashīd], ʿAlī ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm brought it to Iraq. After his death it was handed over to the believers and [his] apostles as a trust to be safeguarded from the undeserving. The believers, the unitarians (muwaḥḥidān) and  the chiefs have not exposed . 128/746), known as one of the noteworthy ghulāt in the circle of the sixth Shiʿi Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq.
Umm al-kitāb 31 O Abū Khālid, this Spirit which is called the Conscious [Spirit] is the Celestial Dome; its speech is the Sun; [its] mouth is Bayt al-maʿmūr, for the Sun rises from the Bayt al-maʿmūr , and the six stars which constantly rotate are Nashīdar, Nashīdar-i Māh, Nashīdar-i Tābān, Samīʿā, Bahman and Kafū. Once in thirty years one of them glances at this world and manifests luminous hair in such a way that the whole world could see it’. Question XXVIII Then Abū Khālid said, ‘O my Lord, do complete Thy gratitude upon me by Â�revealing [the meaning of] this doctrine to me’.
This book is called the ‘Mother of the Books’ (Umm al-kitāb),  that means whoever reads this book it is such that once and for all he becomes independent of every science. This book is called the ‘Spirit of the Books’ (rūḥ al-kitāb), for it is the spirit of all the books, and essence (maʿnī) of all the books. There is insight [about everything] in this book. It is called the ‘Light of the Books’ (nūr al-kitāb), because the [explication of] the light of the heavens and the earth is given in it.