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The Wisom of the Mystic East


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Preface Introduction: Suhrawardi and the Orient 1. The Lure of Oriental Wisdom The Greek Pseudepigrapha and Platonic Orientalism The Basis of Platonic Orientalism Suhrawardi as Orientalizing Neoplatonist 2. Hermes of Egypt: God and Philosopher Hermes as Universal Sage: Greece, Egypt, Chaldaea The Problem of Philosophy and the Greek Gods The Sabians of Harran The Hermetic in Suhrawardi's Thought 3. Light, Darkness, and the Kings of Ancient Iran The Philosophical History of Light Ghazali, the Ghost at Suhrawardi's Feast Light, Darkness, and the Persians 4. Buddha's Gate of Gates: The Problem of Reincarnation Buddhism and the Muslims The Indian Sages and the Ancients The Problem of Reincarnation Recapitulation 5. The Past as Orient: The Ideological Heritage of Suhrawardi Hermes and the Miraculous Preservation of the Avesta The Commentators and the Persian Side of Suhrawardi India: The Ancient Sages from Akbar to the Raj Zoroaster and the Magi: Bruno, Voltaire, and Anquetil Suhrawardi and Iranian Nationalism: The Persian Sages Return to Iran Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

John Walbridge is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, and the author of The Leaven of the Ancients: Suhrawardi and the Heritage of the Greeks, also published by SUNY Press.


"Walbridge has the rare ability to make what might on the surface seem like arcane debates lively and relevant to today. His book is full of such important insights, the implications of which go well beyond simply Suhrawardi or even Islamics." - Juan R. I. Cole, University of Michigan

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