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[3 Oct 2019 | No Comment | ]
The Study of the Principles of Iranian-Islamic Art

Hasti Safavi, The University of Exeter
Lecture presented on 24th September 2019, at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, Moscow
This paper examines the three fundamental principles for the study of Iranian-Islamic art, which includes art history, philosophy of art and various types of art. Iranian art can be divided into pre-Islam and post-Islam. Some pre-Islamic art forms, such as architecture, have had fundamental influence on post-Islamic art, which may be divided into pre-Timurid, Timurid, Safavid, Qajar, Pahlavi and post-Islamic Revolution. Iranian-Islamic art encompasses the fields of poetry, architecture, painting, miniature, calligraphy, …

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[7 Sep 2019 | No Comment | ]
Mysticism, Commonwealth Cultural Foundation of Iran and Indonesia

 Dr. Mohammad Ali Rabbani[1]
Abstract :
The role of the factor of Sufism and mysticism in the Islamicization process in southeast Asia is very important, and solid evidence of non-denial also implies this role. Islam entered South-Eastern Asia at a time when Hinduism and Buddhism dominated widespread parts of the region, and the Muslim Brotherhood, with the understanding of the commonalities that exist between the semantics of Islamic Sufism and Hinduism, made it easy to communicate and introduce Islam as well. The Sufis, along with merchant ships who traveled to the lands …

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[17 Jul 2019 | No Comment | ]
An Analysis of Parallelism and Chiasmus of Rumi’s Masnavi based on the Synoptic structuralism of Dr Salman Safavi


Saeid Khanabadi

Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Key words: Masnavi, Rumi, Safavi, Persian literature, Sufism.

Since Masnavi was written in ​​the thirteenth century, this masterpiece of the Persian literature has been the subject of thousands of criticisms and analyses in various fields and from various perspectives. Literary critics and masters of philosophy and wisdom, in the East as well as the West, have always tried to reveal the innumerable dimensions of this rich work of Molana Jalâleddin Mohammad Balkhi more popularly known as Rumi (1207-1273). Especially after the multiple translations of Masnavi into European …

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[7 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Mulla Sadra’s Life and Philosophy

Seyed G Safavi
London Academy of Iranian Studies (LAIS)
This paper discusses the life and philosophy of Mulla Sadra, one of the most important Muslim Iranian philosophers and founder of new school of Islamic philosophy, entitled Transcendent philosophy, in 5 sections: his life, what is the “Transcendent philosophy”, the 14 principles of Mulla Sadra’s philosophy, Mulla Sadra’s views on different schools of thought such as Ancient Metaphysicians, Greek and Muslim philosophers, and ‘Urafa,, and finally his writings. This is an original paper in the English language as it presents the most important …

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[1 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on God in Greek and Islamic Philosophy: A comparative study of Aristotle and Mulla Sadra Shirazi on the Necessary Existent | ]
God in Greek and Islamic Philosophy: A comparative study of Aristotle and Mulla Sadra Shirazi on the Necessary Existent

 Dr Seyed G Safavi*
University of London, UK
London Academy of Iranian Studies (LAIS)
The nature of God, or the demiurge-creator and designer of the cosmos, is a venerable subject in philosophy and natural theology. Most medieval and religious discourse about God and the ontological and cosmological proofs for His existence in the Abrahamic faiths within a philosophical context stem from the famous proof for the Prime Unmoved Mover in the Physics of Aristotle. It was this proof alongside later more ontological proofs associated with Anselm and Avicenna that underpinned medieval philosophical theology. It …