The Elixir of the Gnostics


The underlying theme of Şadrā’s amplification is emblematic of Muslim philosophy: the importance of self-knowledge in an individual’s journey of “Origin and Return,” the soul’s origins with God and its eventual return to Him. Everything, Şadrā says, is on such a path, gradually disengaging from the material world and returning to a transcendent essence—all leading to a final fruition in which everything in the universe returns to God and finds permanent happiness. Philosophy, Şadrā argues, is the most direct means to self-knowledge—and thus the best tool for navigating this journey.

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William C. Chittick


William C. Chittick

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Publication Information

  • Subject: Middle Eastern Studies
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Arabic, English,
  • ISBN 10: 0-934893-70-5
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-9348-9370-1
  • Page Count: 271
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Sub Site: Middle Eastern Texts Initiative
  • Imprint: Brigham Young University Press

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