So I’ve read a few places that the grand synthesizer of those Sufis (who lived at the same time as Descartes) is heavily politicized in Iran today, and I want to know more about him before I steep in too much boilerplate, most of his works still unavailable in English, and I see this name I never heard of on wikishia

ملا هادی سبزواری‎ died around the same time The Birth of Tragedy was written – and what a wildly divergent interpretation of Socratism I expect to find in him. He also wrote extensively on Rumi, so we might be able to access the non New Age Rumi through him.

As close as Iran is to Europe it seems so much farther away in a different way

Just a jaunt, and it’s a world as if sealed off from us.


What’s that supposed to mean??

Anyway this morning I was interested in finding people who’ve taken the Sufis the furthest. They say that Sabzavāri’s Taʿliqāt is his most important book on Mollā Ṣadrā. Will he show us what is beyond the psychocosmic mountain? Though from a wealthy family he lived as an ascetic farmer and would anonymously leave money from his inheritance in his students’ rooms – doesn’t sound like a European practice to me. Remember Tabatabai? People mention these two in the same breath. I’m still learning the basics of the intellectual atmosphere there.

Something I realized about the Sufis is they often seem to do what Muhammad did rather than follow Muhammad, i.e. both the Sufis and Muhammad rather followed the Angel.

See, this seems like someone one HAS to know

Sabzavāri, who has been referred to as “the sole philosopher of the 13th/19th century” in Persia

I was “flabbergasted” when I learned that Russia has its own tradition of Platonism as distinct from England’s or the so-called “continent’s” and this is even more shocking to me finding that this Islamic country does.

One thing I was wondering- what percent of those Muslim refugees in Europe that give reactionaries a negative stereotype are Sunni? I haven’t been able to find info on this, I just have a hunch that they’re mostly Sunni. And I think there are possibly racist avenues to go down too, involving cladistics and Zoroastrianism.

Another synchronicity

Sabzavāri, like Sohravardi, emphasized the wisdom of the ancient Persian sages

So, what, it isn’t so controversial there to believe in pre-Islamic ideas?

See how I used the word “boilerplate” above in this post? That’s something I have to stop doing. There are probably ways to be a “freethinker” there as long as you go about it in the right way.

Is the placement of these military bases starting to look more “criminal” to you yet perchance?

Back to Sabzavāri though, I’m only finding one book of his that was translated into English, probably not coincidentally published a few years before the Revolution. He seems like their “Hegel” more or less.

From what I can tell, the closest thing we have to following their trajectory after Avicenna is Duns Scotus and people he influenced. While Heidegger actually wrote his rehabilitation thesis on Scotus, he’s a pretty marginal figure in the west overall.

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