Writings on Theory

William C. Chittick

in The Heart of Islamic Philosophy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139136
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834075 | DOI:
Writings on Theory

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Includes translations of 10 essays, several quatrains, 4 complete treatises, and excerpts from two others. The first treatise, Makings and Ornaments of Well‐Provisioned Kings, provides a mirror for princes presented in terms of perfecting the soul through the realization of the correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm and the actualization of the virtues. The Book of the Everlasting describes the origin of the soul and its return to God and, uniquely among the treatises, cites proof‐texts from the Koran. The Rungs of Perfection analyzes the soul in terms of being, perception, and the faculties and offers a systematic map of the stages whereby one can achieve full actualization of selfhood and linkage with the divine light. The Book of the Road's End provides a more technical discussion of many of the issues dealt with in the other three treatises. The chapter concludes with excerpts from The Clarifying Method, an important treatise on logic.

Keywords: God; logic; macrocosm; microcosm; mirror; perfection; princes; soul; union; virtue

Chapter.  80230 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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