Book ID: CBB760835782

The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy: Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi, Shahrazuri and Beyond (2017)


Lit, L. W. C van (Author)

Edinburgh University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 288
Language: English

One of the most controversial issues that divided Islamic philosophers and theologians during the Middle Ages was whether human beings would have a spiritual or bodily existence after death. The idea of a world of image was conceived as a solution, suggesting that there exists a world of non-physical (imagined) bodies, beyond our earthly existence. This world may be reached in sleep, in meditation or after death.From the embryonic conception by Ibn Sina, to the radical rethinking by Suhrawardi and Shahrazuri into a sophisticated system, L. W. C. van Lit unravels the history of this idea. Using a distant reading approach for measuring the transmission, he further shows how the idea remained relevant for Muslim thinkers through the centuries, up until today.

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Authors & Contributors
Ivry, Alfred L.
Bashier, Salman H.
Ljubovic, Amir
Griffel, Frank
Panzeca, Ivana
Spallino, Patrizia
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Nazariyat: İslam Felsefe ve Bilim Tarihi Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences)
Physis: Rivista Intemazionale di Storia della Scienza
Oxford University Press
State University of New York Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Natural philosophy
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash
Ibn al-'Arabi
al-Ṭūsī, Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad Naṣīr al-Dīn
Ibn al-Haytham, Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan
12th century
13th century
11th century
Early modern
10th century
Ikhwān al-Ṣafā'
Ikhwān al-Ṣafā (Brethren of Purity)

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