Concerning the Secrets of the Perfecting Sciences
By Mulla Sadra Shirazi
Translated by Fazel Asadi Amjad and Mahdi Dasht Bozorgi
Divine Manifestations is the first English translation of Mulla Sadra Shirazi’s final work on divine metaphysics. Written at the request of his students who wanted a concise and accessible summary of his philosophy, Divine manifestations exemplifies the rational theology Mulla Sadra is famed for.
In Divine Manifestations Mulla Sadra addresses the most gripping topics in Islamic theology in a thoroughly thought-provoking manner. This work represents Mulla Sadra’s ultimate metaphysical perspective; it is interwoven with his innovative Qur’anic interpretation and is replete with commentary on, and indirect criticism of, the orthodox theology of his day.
Combining both scriptural and philosophical reasoning, Mulla Sadra discusses the existence of God, His attributes, His acts, the Resurrection, and the nature of the non-material worlds. Divine Manifestations is a valuable work for anyone interested in reading Mulla Sadra’s argument for the harmony between philosophy, theology, and religion.
Mulla Sadra Shirazi (1571-1640) was the principal figure of the major revival of philosophy in Iran in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is perhaps the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world over the past four hundred years. He authored over forty works including his magnum opus, the seminal al-Asfar in nine volumes; a Qur’anic commentary; and a critical commentary on the Shi’a collection of hadiths, Usul al-Kafi.
Cover photo: Mulla Sadra’s house in the village of Kahak, near the holy city of Qum, Iran.