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The Incipience of the Cosmos [Huduth al-Alam]

Edited with notes by Alireza Asghari and Gholamreza Dadkhah. English Introduction by Sajjad Rizvi

Gholamreza Dadkhah, Alireza Asghari, Mulla Shamsa Gilani (d. ca. 1064/1654)

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Iranshahr Scientific and Philosophical Writings 2
Availability: In stock
Published: 2015
Page #: x + 222
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-56859-259-6
plates, index, notes, references

 
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The question of temporality (?uduth) or eternity (qidam) of the cosmos was one of the central philosophical and theological debates among thinkers of medieval Iran. One of the most interesting responses to this problem came from the founder of the philosophical school of Isfahan, Mir Damad (d. 1041/1631) and his theory of perpetual creation (?uduth dahri).
Mulla Shamsa Gilani (d. 1064/1654), a distinguished student of Mir Damad, took up the issue and wrote his ?uduth al- ‘alam in defense of his master`s position, insisting upon the creative agency of God as well as considering seriously the philosophical case for eternity. Drawing mostly upon Avicennan philosophy, Mulla Shamsa made a critical evaluation of the theory of the eternity of the cosmos held by the Greek philosopher Proclus (d. 485), and opposed those Muslim theologians who considered the cosmos to be coming into existence in time.
?uduth al-‘alam is pivotal to understanding how the philosophical school of Mir Damad was perpetuated in the Safavid period and allows us to develop a history of philosophy in early modern Iran beyond the direct milieu of Mulla ?adra.

Mulla Shamsa Gilani (d. 1064/1654), a distinguished student of Mir Damad, took up the issue and wrote a work entitled "huduth al-‘alam" or "The Incipience of the Cosmos" in defense of his master`s position, insisting upon the creative agency of God as well as considering seriously the philosophical case for eternity. Drawing mostly upon Avicennan philosophy, Mulla Shamsa made a critical evaluation of the theory of the eternity of the cosmos held by the Greek philosopher Proclus (d. 485), and opposed those Muslim theologians who considered the cosmos to be coming into existence in time.

"huduth al-‘alam" is pivotal to understanding how the philosophical school of Mir Damad was perpetuated in the Safavid period and allows us to develop a history of philosophy in early modern Iran beyond the direct milieu of Mulla Sadra.

author

Gholamreza Dadkhah

Gholamreza Dadkhah is a graduate of Tehran University, Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies. His areas of specialization and interest are the intellectual tradition in sixth and seventh century Transoxiana, and the manuscript transmission of Avicenna's works. Among his publications are the edition of Shams al-Din Samarqandi's (d. 722/1322) Science of the Cosmos and the Soul, the edition of Burhan al-Din Nasafi's (d. 684/1286) Commentary upon the Foundation of Intellectual Perspicacity, and the monograph Logic in Sixth Century Iran (forthcoming).

Alireza Asghari

Mulla Shamsa Gilani (d. ca. 1064/1654)

Acknowledgments

Persian and Arabic Transliteration

Introduction
Mulla Shamsa Gilani and his Treatise on
the Incipience of the Cosmos 1
(Huduth al-'alam)
By Sajjad Rizvi

Persian Introduction
By Alireza Asghari and Gholamreza Dadkhah

Sample folios
Arabic Text
Persian and Arabic Index

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