An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

This can be the single e-book to accommodate classical Islamic cosmology because it was once formulated via the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina throughout the 10th and 11th centuries. those figures inspired the entire later centuries of Islamic background and actually created the cosmological framework in which all later medical task within the Islamic global was once carried out--the enduring snapshot of the cosmos during which Muslims have lived up to now millennium.

Nasr writes from in the Islamic culture and demonstrates how, in accordance with the lessons of the Quran and the Prophet, the figures taken care of during this paintings built-in components drawn from a variety of historical faculties of philosophy and the sciences. This ebook is exclusive in its therapy of classical Islamic cosmology as visible from in the Islamic world-view and gives a key for knowing of conventional Islamic thought.

“…the volume of educational literature dedicated to the way in which in which Muslims in classical and medieval Islam anticipated the cosmos is negligible. There are, notwithstanding, a few noteworthy exceptions. An creation to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines is certainly one of them.” — Parabola

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C. Anawati and L. Gardet, La Mystique musulmane (Paris, 1961), Pt. 4. 21 28 14 PROLOGUE active of all periods of Islamic history, we are in reality studying the basic elements of Islamic cosmological doctrines which are to be found in one form or another in the writings of most of the later Muslim authors. Our choice of these particular authors is therefore not accidental; rather, through them we hope to gain a glimpse of general doctrines not limited to the particular period in which these authors lived.

This flexibility made it easy for the early translators to translate Greek, Syriac, Sanskrit, and Pahlavi texts into Arabic, to coin new words with relative ease, and expand the meaning of already existing terms to include new concepts. The character of the Arabic language itself therefore was influential in the study of all the sciences in the Islamic world, including those concerning Nature. In the sciences of Nature, the Muslims had a rich vocabulary of Arabic words to express all the diverse concepts and ideas connected with the cosmological sciences.

Anawati and L. Gardet, La Mystique musulmane (Paris, 1961), Pt. 4. 21 28 14 PROLOGUE active of all periods of Islamic history, we are in reality studying the basic elements of Islamic cosmological doctrines which are to be found in one form or another in the writings of most of the later Muslim authors. Our choice of these particular authors is therefore not accidental; rather, through them we hope to gain a glimpse of general doctrines not limited to the particular period in which these authors lived.

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