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Mulla Sadra and Eschatology

Evolution of Being, 1st Edition

By Eiyad S. Al-Kutubi


152 pages

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The book explains Sadrā’s theory of the nature of afterlife. It presents Sadrā’s philosophical premises concerning the nature of human beings and their physical and psychological developments through which Sadrā shows how the afterlife is intimately connected to the nature of the human being and how it is a natural stage of the evolution of each individual in which a corporeal body has no role.

Presenting Mullā Sadrā in a new light, the aim of this book is to investigate Sadrā’s metaphysical principles of the Return (al-ma‘ād) that have been either partially presented or misunderstood in most of the existing secondary literature. Focusing on Sadrā’s philosophical works, specifically the Asfār and his commentary on the Quran, this study demonstrates how Sadrā is a philosopher able to carry the premises of the previous philosophical theories to radically different conclusions. Mullā Sadrā and Eschatology demonstrates the manner in which Sadrā explains the Return as presented in the Quran and Hadith, but also shows how he presents the Return as a natural stage of the evolution of human beings in which a corporeal body has no role. Thus, Sadrā offers a plausible philosophical explanation to the problem of bodily resurrection that had occupied Muslim philosophers for centuries.

Explaining Mullā Sadrā ‘s distinctive method of "doing" philosophy, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Islamic Philosophy, Religion and Islamic Studies more broadly.


'… academic audience should be grateful for al-Kurtubi’s careful and detailed reading, which presents a clear explanation of Sadrian theories, and the contribution of such an intense text to the literature.'

Sümeyye Parildar, Istanbul University,Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences

'… the book’s overall argument brings to light the connection of the psychological development of the soul to the afterlife in that “the Return” of the soul is a natural event in the eschatological journey of human beings, in which the physical body plays no role….the value of Al-Kutubi’s excellent presentation of Sa? dra’s complex eschatology and he is to be congratulated for making an original contribution to the rapidly expanding field of Sa? dra studies. The book will be of interest to both students and scholars of religion, theology, and philosophy.'

Muhammad U. Faruque, University of California, Berkeley, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

Table of Contents

1 The Background 2 The Primacy of Existence 3 Individuation and Identity 4 Substantial Motion 5 The Nature of the Human Being 6 Imagination and the Problem of Bodily Return 7 Sadra’s Theories of Imagination and Bodily Return

About the Author

Eiyad Salman al-Kutubi received his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University.He is currently visiting assistant professor in Islamic Studies at the department of Religion/University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign and his research interests include Islamic philosophy and Quranic hermeneutics.

About the Series

Routledge Sufi Series

The Routledge Sufi Series provides short introductions to a variety of facets of the subject, which are accessible both to the general reader and the student and scholar in the field. Each book will be either a synthesis of existing knowledge or a distinct contribution to, and extension of, knowledge of the particular topic. The two major underlying principles of the Series are sound scholarship and readability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / Sufi
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies