Opposition to Philosophy in Safavid Iran, Ata Anzali and S. M. Hadi Gerami offer a critical edition of a hitherto unpublished manuscript that is arguably the most erudite and extensive polemical work against philosophy and philosophical mysticism from the Safavid period. The introduction offers an extensive and in-depth analysis of the status of philosophy in the late Safavid period, placing Mulla Muhammad-Tahir Qummi’s (d. 1689) work in the broader context of the relevant cultural and intellectual developments of his time.
The content of
Hikmat al-‘arifin itself is divided between a refutation of many traditional philosophical arguments about the nature of God and His attributes and, more importantly for those interested in Safavid intellectual history, attacks on Mulla Sadra and his students for synthesizing fundamental elements Ibn ‘Arabi’s thought into the framework of traditional philosophical discourse.
Ata Anzali, Ph.D. (2012), Rice University, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. He is the author of
Mysticism in Iran: The Safavid Roots of a Modern Concept (University of South Carolina, 2017).
S. M. Hadi Gerami, Ph.D. (2016), Imam Sadiq University, is Assistant Professor of Islamic Culture and Civilization at Imam Sadiq University, Tehran. He is the author of
The Earliest Shi‘i doctrinal interactions: Revisiting the Concept of ‘ghuluww’ in Early Shi’i Networks (ISU University Press, 2012).
Table of contents
Note on Transliteration
Editors’ Introduction Philosophy and Philosophers: Hapless Victims or Elite Contenders?
The Critical Edition
Critical Edition of Hikmat al-ʿĀrifīn
All interested in the intellectual and religious history of the Safavid period, and anyone concerned with Islamic philosophy and Sufism.