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Mohammed Rustom: The Triumph of Mercy. Philosophy and Scripture in Mullā Ṣadrā. Albany (NY): State University of New York Press 2012. 255 S. ISBN 978-1-4384-4341-6. $ 80,–.

Pages 833 - 835



1 I would particularly single out the contributions of Sajjad Rizvi, e. g. Mullā Ṣadrā Shirāzī: His Life and Works and the Sources for Safavid Philosophy. Oxford 2007.

2 This term qishr is another case of metaphysical (in this case Neoplatonic) concepts being deployed in an exegetical context. The word makes an early appearance in Arabic philosophical literature in the works of the Kindī circle, notably the Arabic Plotinus which was a major influence on Ṣadrā and other Safavid thinkers. See S. Rizvi: “(Neo)Platonism Revived in the Light of the Imams: Qāḍī Saʿīd Qummī (d. 1696) and his Reception of the Theologia Aristotelis.” In: P. Adamson (ed.): Classical Arabic Philosophy: Sources and Reception. London 2007, pp. 176–207.

3 Ṣadrā notes that since the speaker of the Quran is of course God, the passages of praise we find in it are cases of God praising Himself (pp. 66–67).

4 Rustom admits that there is one text which seems to show Ṣadrā denying this interpretation, but argues that Ṣadrā is dissimulating to avoid criticism (p. 112).


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