Mir Damad Kitab al-Qabasat: The Book of Blazing Brands: A Provisional English Translation, Introduction, and Notes. Including Selections from Sayyed Ahmad Alawis Sharh Kitab al-Qabasat Keven Brown

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Published: June 3rd 2014

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Mir Damad Kitab al-Qabasat: The Book of Blazing Brands: A Provisional English Translation, Introduction, and Notes. Including Selections from Sayyed Ahmad Alawis Sharh Kitab al-Qabasat  by  Keven Brown

Mir Damad Kitab al-Qabasat: The Book of Blazing Brands: A Provisional English Translation, Introduction, and Notes. Including Selections from Sayyed Ahmad Alawis Sharh Kitab al-Qabasat by Keven Brown
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About the BookKitāb al-Qabasāt by the Iranian philosopher-theologian Mīr Dāmād (1543–1631) is a major philosophical defense of his theory of the perpetual creation of the universe (ḥudūth dahrī) against both the position of theologians that it wasMoreAbout the BookKitāb al-Qabasāt by the Iranian philosopher-theologian Mīr Dāmād (1543–1631) is a major philosophical defense of his theory of the perpetual creation of the universe (ḥudūth dahrī) against both the position of theologians that it was created in time and the position of the philosophers that it is eternal.

Mīr Dāmād divides reality into three containers, each of which sustains and encompasses the container directly following it: (1) the container of eternity (sarmad), which has neither beginning nor end and no cause for its existence, (2) the container of perpetuity (dahr), which has a beginning and a cause but not an end, and (3) the container of time (zamān), in which things have both a beginning and an end in time. The first realm applies only to the essence of God- the second realm applies to the whole of everything other than God in relation to Him- and the third realm applies to the relation of temporals to each other.About the TranslatorKeven Brown received his Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA in 2006 and wrote his dissertation on Mīr Dāmād.

He has contributed five articles on al-Qabasāt to the International Journal of Shi‘a Studies. Currently he teaches English and works as a contributing translator for the Institute of Isma’ili Studies in London.About the Translation (from a review by Hossein Ziai, Professor of Islamic and Iranian Studies at UCLA)Keven Brown’s translation into English of the complex Arabic text of al-Qabasāt is to be included among the best philosophical translations in the tradition of Islamic philosophy…. His translation is lucid and in many ways is an analytic way to uncover the complexities of the Arabic text.

I can state in very strong terms that Brown’s English translation allows the student of philosophy to penetrate the refined technical discussion and analysis of the complex that defines “ḥudūth dahrī” in ways that reading the Arabic text alone may not….Brown has truly made a lasting contribution to the history of philosophical analysis and his publication should be commended for the depth of analysis and for the care taken in translating a very complex text.



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