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The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy
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The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy: Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi, Shahrazuri and Beyond

L. W. C. van Lit


This book traces the notion of a world of image from its conception until today. This notion is one of the most original innovations in medieval Islamic philosophy, and is unique compared to other parts of the history of philosophy. The notion originated out of discussions on the fate of human beings after death; would this be spiritual only or physical as well? The world of image suggests that there exists a world of non-physical (imagined) bodies, beyond our earthly existence. This world may be entered after death and glimpses of it may already be witnessed during sleep or meditation. Ibn Sī ... More

Keywords: Suhrawardi, Imaginal world, World of image, ʿālam al-mithāl, Commentaries, Post-classical Islam, Ishraqi philosophy, Resurrection, Islamic Philosophy, Safavid Iran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474415859
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. W. C. van Lit, author
Yale University