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The Visionary tales of Suhravardi, Master of Illuminationist Philosophy



The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (Philosophy)
St. George
Maria E. Subtelny

The course focuses on the Persian treatises (rasa’il), or “visionary tales,” of Shihab al-Din Yahya Suhravardi (d. 1191), known as Shaikh al-Ishraq. It examines the philosophical and cosmological background of his writings, the ancient Iranian mythological motifs they incorporate, and the framework of Islamic Sufism in which they were written.