|The Philosophy of Illumination (Hard Cover Book)|
|Written by: John Walbridge, and Hossein Ziai|
|A New Critical Edition of the Text of Hikmat al-ishraq with English Translation, Notes, Commentary, and Introduction by John Walbridge and Hossein Ziai. Suhrawardi's philosophy grants a fundamental epistemological role to immediate and atemporal intuition.|
It is explicitly-often stridently-anti-Peripatetic and is identified with the pre-Aristotelian sages, particularly Plato.
He was convinced that the same wisdom was also to be found among other nations, including the Egyptians (as represented most prominently by Hermes Trismegistus) and the pre-Islamic sages and righteous kings of Persia.
The subject of his Hikmat al-ishraq is the "science of lights"-a science that Suhrawardi first learned through mystical exercises reinforced later by logical proofs and finally confirmed by what he saw as the parallel experiences of the Ancients.
It was completed on 15 September 1186; and at sunset that evening, in the western sky, the sun, the moon, and the five visible planets came together in a magnificent conjunction in the constellation of Libra. But the stars soon turned against Suhrawardi.
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