Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān’s Parable of the Two Generous Men in Avicenna’s Decree and Determination (R. fī l-Qaḍāʾ wa-l-qadar)

Abstract
This article explores Avicenna’s conception of divine providence in the light of his allegorical
work Decree and Determination (R. fī l-Qaḍāʾ wa-l-qadar), wherein the philosopher
stages interactions between the rational soul, the animal soul, and the Active
Intelligence. Centering on the parable of the two generous men told in Decree and
Determination by the legendary sage Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, this analysis draws parallels from
numerous works of Avicenna—notably his other allegorical work, Alive, Son of Awake
(R. Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān)—so as to bring into focus lesser-known facets of his philosophical
worldview…
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Chess and the Divine Decree ( Translation by Hamza Yusuf)

It would be honor enough for the people of India had they bequeathed us nothing
but chess, a game that, like the sun itself, has traversed the entire globe.
Indeed, people everywhere hold high in esteem and deem intelligent anyone
who masters it or even plays it well. Such being the case, in how much greater esteem
should we hold the brilliance of its ingenious inventor?……….
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The Qur’an and its Interpretive Tradition. By Andrew Rippin.

The Qur’an and its Interpretive Tradition. By Andrew Rippin. (Variorum
Collected Studies Series). Pp. 356. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2001. £62.50.
Each volume of the Variorum Collected Studies Series musters long term writings by
some noteworthy scholar (in this case, one of the biggest names in Qur’anic studies
in the West); by grouping articles on sundry fields, perhaps written over decades, it
allows a clear glimpse of the scholar’s development, their deeper presuppositions, the
methodological patterns and mental habits which undergird their work. Rippin’s cor­
pus is avowedly built on groundwork laid by John Wansbrough. Two whole chapters
(II and IV) of the book at hand are indeed given over to aspects of Wansbrough’s
work. The tell-tale framework of haggadic, halakhic, massoretic, rhetorical and alle­
gorical genres/phases in the elaboration of the Muslim scriptures is assumed through­
out the book, which brims with references to Quranic Studies and praise for its late………

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The In-Between: Reflections on the Soul in the Teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi

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‘God Surrounds all Things’: An Islamic Perspective on the Environment

In attempting to understand the Islamic view of the envi­ronment, we have to begin by asking how Islam has tra­ditionally discussed the concept with which we are dealing. How does one say “environment” in the language of the Koran?………………………

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr – Three Muslim Sages

THE “golden age, of Islam, insofar as the intensity of the religious and spiritual life and the realization of its ideals are concerned, must be identified with the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad- upon whom be peace- and the first Muslim community at Medina. But just as the seed sown in the ground grows into a tree and finally bears fruit only after the passage of time and. the gaining of nourishment from a………………

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr-Three Muslim Sages_ Avicenna-Suhrawardi-Ibn Arabi-Caravan Books (1976)

SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR’S CONCEPTION OF THE HUMAN BEING

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is among the most important spokesmen of traditional thought and stated that approximation to the creative will, that he placed at the center, in the contemplative life fed by religious sources is the most important factor in guiding human beings to the straight path………………………

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Universal Science:An Introduction to Islamic Metaphysics

Philosophy is the foundation of all sciences. It is the universal science
(ʿilm-i kullī). Without philosophy no other science can be established
(banā kard)…Philosophy is the ontology of any reality (ḥaqīqat). For ex-
ample, the reality (ḥaqīqat) of man. If you put philosophy to one side, you
have put man aside. Because man is a rational and perceiving animal…
the perceiver of ‘reality’. Āyatullāh Mahdī Ḥāʾirī Yazdī (d. 1420 ah/1999)1………………..

Hairi Yazdi, Universal Science, An Introduction To Islamic Metaphysics (trans. Cooper)

Neo-Orientalism and the Study of Islamic Philosophy: An Interview with Professor Mohammed Rustom

Abstract: After attending Professor Rustom’s advanced seminar on Ibn Sina at Carleton University in winter 2017, doctoral candidate Soroosh Shahriari of McGill University, Canada, “brought up the possibility of . . [posing] some ‘hard’ questions concerning the contemporary study of Islamic philosophy.” Rustom’s in-depth knowledge of the method and spirit of traditional Islamic education and Islamic metaphysics helps us navigate the complexities inherent in the study of Islamic philosophy in the modern academy. What follows is an edited version of this interview, which took place in Ottawa, Canada, February 2017.

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Neo-Orientalism And The Study Of Islamic Philosophy (JIMS 3.1, 2018)

 

Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love

To understand the content of Aḥmad al-Ghazālī’s writings and sermons, one must also examine their form. In his attempts to transport……………………….

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