Āqā ʿAlī Mudarris Ṭihrānī

Kadivar, Mohsen. “Āqā ʿAlī Mudarris Ṭihrānī”in Philosophy in Qajar Iran. Reza Pourjavady (ed.). Leiden: Brill, 2019. Series: Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East, Volume: 127. Pp 259-282.

Book description: During its Qajar period (1210–1344/1795–1925), Iran witnessed some lively and significant philosophical discourse. Yet apart from studies devoted to individual figures such as Mullā Hādī Sabzawārī and Shaykh Aḥmad Aḥsāʾī, modern scholarship has paid little attention to the animated discussions and vibrant traditions of philosophy that continued in Iran during this period. The articles assembled in this book present an account of the life, works and philosophical challenges taken up by seven major philosophers of the Qajar period. As a collection, the articles convey the range and diversity of Qajar philosophical thinking. Besides indigenous thoughts, the book also deals with the reception of European philosophy in Iran at the time.

Chapter 5 is about Āqā ʿAlī Mudarris Ṭihrānī, who was active in Tehran was another commentator of Mulla Sadra and made a valuable attempt to complete Mulla Sadra’s philosophical project. Although his philosophical writings never became as popular as Sabzawari’s, his scrutiny of philosophical matters is remarkable. As is evident from his writings, Ṭihrānī was familiar with a great deal of what was the current writings on hikma. Although he was an adherent of Mulla Sadra’s philosophy, he used a large number of contemporary philosophical sources in his writings. He was also exceptional among the scholars of this period for his immanence interest in logic.” (R. Pourjavady, Introduction, p. 29)  

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