The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mullā Ṣadrā by Mohammed Rustom (review)

The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mullā Ṣadrā by Mohammed Rustom (review) The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mull adr. By Mohammed Rustom. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012. Pp. 243. Hardcover $80.00, isbn 978-1-438-44341-6. Reviewed by Janis Eshots The Institute of Ismaili Studies jeshots@inbox.lv It is almost always a complicated task to discuss philosophical commentaries on scripture, since, on the first place, it is difficult to establish the exact goals and objectives of such commentaries. In particular, the reader never stops wondering whether the philosopher is attempting to harmonize revelation and reason or is using the scriptural text in order to present his teachings in an allegorical way, thus making them more accessible to the common people. The case of adr al-Dn al-Shrz or Mull adr (ca. 979/1571­1045/1636 or 1050/1640) is particularly difficult, since he claimed to have created a synthetic doctrine, the Transcendent Wisdom (al-ikma al-muta liyya), which combines tafsr (Qur anic commentary), ilm al-adth (science of the sayings of the Prophet and his Companions), kalm (theology), theoretical Sufism, and philosophy proper, surpassing each of them in terms of universality and inclusiveness. However, others have argued that the key principles of his doctrine are firmly rooted in Neoplatonic thought, as it was transmitted to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mullā Ṣadrā by Mohammed Rustom (review)

Philosophy East and West, Volume 65 (1) – Feb 2, 2015

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The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mull adr. By Mohammed Rustom. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012. Pp. 243. Hardcover $80.00, isbn 978-1-438-44341-6. Reviewed by Janis Eshots The Institute of Ismaili Studies jeshots@inbox.lv It is almost always a complicated task to discuss philosophical commentaries on scripture, since, on the first place, it is difficult to establish the exact goals and objectives of such commentaries. In particular, the reader never stops wondering whether the philosopher is attempting to harmonize revelation and reason or is using the scriptural text in order to present his teachings in an allegorical way, thus making them more accessible to the common people. The case of adr al-Dn al-Shrz or Mull adr (ca. 979/1571­1045/1636 or 1050/1640) is particularly difficult, since he claimed to have created a synthetic doctrine, the Transcendent Wisdom (al-ikma al-muta liyya), which combines tafsr (Qur anic commentary), ilm al-adth (science of the sayings of the Prophet and his Companions), kalm (theology), theoretical Sufism, and philosophy proper, surpassing each of them in terms of universality and inclusiveness. However, others have argued that the key principles of his doctrine are firmly rooted in Neoplatonic thought, as it was transmitted to

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