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Early Philosophical Shiism : The Isma'ili Neoplatonism of Abu Ya'qub al-Sijistani - Paul E. Walker

Early Philosophical Shiism

The Isma'ili Neoplatonism of Abu Ya'qub al-Sijistani

Hardcover Published: 24th October 2003
ISBN: 9780521441292
Number Of Pages: 220

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The Ismailis, among whom are the followers of the Aga Khan, rose to prominence during the fourth Islamic/tenth Christian century. They developed a remarkably successful intellectual programme to sustain and support their political activities, promoting demands of Islamic doctrine together with the then newly imported sciences from abroad. The high watermark of this intellectual movement is best illustrated in the writings of the Ismaili theoretician Abu Yaqub al-Sijistani. Using both published and manuscript writings of al-Sijistani that have hitherto been largely hidden, forgotten or ignored, Dr Paul Walker reveals the scholar's major contribution to the development of philosophical Shiism. He analyses his role in the Ismaili mission (da'wa) of that time and critically assesses the major themes in his combination of philosophy and religious doctrine.

Al-SijistaniÆs Heritage
The Ismaili message and its philosophers
Religious and philosophical resources
Ismaili predecessors
Al-SijistaniÆs Universe
Introduction: categories of thought and terms of analysis
A theology of unqualified transcendence
Creation as command
Intellect, the sum of existent being
Descending and ascending soul
Nature and the physical realm
A cosmic anthropology
Prophecy, the deputy of intellect
Interpretation and its institution
Salvation and the womb of history
Epilogue: the use and control of reason
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ISBN: 9780521441292
ISBN-10: 0521441293
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 24th October 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.1  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.52