By Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi
The culture of philosophy within the Persian-speaking global is awfully wealthy, inventive and numerous. 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 feel 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 deals complete bibliographical references all through. For an individual drawn to exploring, in all their different manifestations, the attention-grabbing philosophical traditions of Persia, the sort of wide-ranging and bold paintings can be an fundamental source. quantity 2 covers 5 centuries of Ismaili philosophy, and comprises extracts from impressive 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 serious value that, within the early centuries of Islam, philosophers have been stimulated via Pythagorean and airtight rules, that are often linked to Shi'i inspiration mostly and Ismailism particularly. Ismaili philosophy at the moment was once in a position to combine strands of Greco-Alexandrian notion equivalent to Hermeticism and Neo-Pythagoreanism, in addition to elements of Mazdaeism and Manichaeism. It additionally confirmed marked curiosity in Neo-Platonism.
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It symbolizes the [sense of] touch which proceeds from the celestial sphere of the Noble Ones (najībān). Sūrat al-Nisāʾ is the Cycle of Abraham. It symbolizes the [faculty of] speech. It proceeds from the celestial sphere of the Chiefs (naqībān). Sūrat al-Māʾidah is the Cycle of Moses. , Abū Ḍharr Ghifārī]. Sūrat al-Anʿām symbolizes the [sense of] sight and is the Cycle of Jesus. [It proceeds from] the celestial sphere of Miqdād. Sūrat al-Aʿrāf is the Cycle of Muḥammad and symbolizes the [sense of] hearing.
Jesus could not separate from his mother, so God the Exalted and Sublime sent His Spirit of Revelation to Jesus that he should tell his mother to shake the palm tree so that the ripe dates fall down which she should eat so that her labour pain eases. So Jesus called his mother from the womb and said, ‘O  mother, shake this tree so that the ripe dates fall; then eat those dates so that I am born without incurring any pain to you’. So Mary shook the palm tree, the ripe dates fell down which she ate and Jesus was born [without much pain].
Its interpretation:] The Sublime Spirit sent the revelation to the heart of Muḥammad, that means to the heart of the believer. Muḥammad is that Spirit which dwells in the right half of the heart in the house of the Pure Wind. The Burāq signiÂ�fies the fulguration of Light; the ascension (miʿrāj) is the ascension of the vein of Solar Wind which connects the heart to the brain and bifurcates in seven ramifications. ] there is no blood but Pure Wind and the passage for the Light and illumination of the Sublime Spirit.
An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Volume 2: Ismaili Thought in the Classical Age by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi