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Mulla Sadra (c. 1572—1640)
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Sayeh Meisami, University of Dayton
Document Type
Encyclopedia Entry
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract

Mulla Sadra made major contributions to Islamic metaphysics and to Shi'i theology during the Safavid period (1501-1736) in Persia. He started his career in the context of a rising culture that combined elements from the Persian past with the newly institutionalized Shi'ism and Sufi teachings. Mulla Sadra was heir to a long tradition of Islamic philosophy that from the beginning had accommodated the speculations of Greek philosophers, especially Neoplatonic philosophers, for the purpose of understanding the world, particularly in relation to the creator and the Islamic faith. Islamic philosophy originated in the rational endeavours to reconcile reason and revelation though the results did not always satisfy theologians, but ironically widened the gaps between reason and revelation.

ISBN/ISSN
2161-0002
Publisher
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Disciplines
Citation Information
Sayeh Meisami. "Mulla Sadra (c. 1572—1640)" Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sayeh-meisami/2/