Islamic Gnosis (Irfan) and wisdom (Hikmah)
Content: The book Islamic Gnosis (Irfan) and wisdom (Hikmah) by Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi and translated by
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From antiquity, in the Islamic world there have been tendencies by the names of gnosis ( `iron) and sufism (tasawwuf), and from the 4th/10th to 8th/14th centuries they reached their summit in many countries such as Iran and Turkey. Today, there are various sufi sects all over the world. Similar tendencies also may be found among the followers of the other religions.
Considering this common aspect, it is natural for the question to be raised as to whether there really is any such thing as Islamic gnosis to be found in Islam, or whether Muslims have taken this from others, so that what is called Islamic gnosis is really the gnosis of Muslims, not a truly Islamic gnosis. If there is such a thing as gnosis in Islam, is this the very thing which currently exists among Muslims, or has it been subjected to changes?
About the author: Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi was born in Yazd, Iran in 1934. He took courses taught by Imam Khomeini in Qom while he also studied Qur’anic exegesis and the philosophies of Ibn Sina and Mulla Sadra with Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i. He also attended Ayatullah Bahjat’s fiqh seminars for many years. Since 1975 he established, directed, and taught in different academic institutes and e is now the director of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qum. He is the author of numerous works on Islamic and comparative philosophy, theology, ethics, and Qur’anic exegesis.
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