Introduction

Topoi 26 (2):167-175 (2007)
Abstract
The place of philosophy in Iranian society is prominent. Philosophy is discussed in popular media as well as specialized journals, and in seminaries, research centers, and universities. Philosophy in Iran is often divided into Western and Islamic. Sometimes these are taken to be rivals. The methods of instruction differ to some extent, as well as the languages needed for advanced study. The question of the nature of Islamic philosophy is itself a controversial topic in Iran, and positions on this issue are often driven by ideological trends. The study of philosophy in the Islamic seminaries has its own history. Today Islamic philosophy may be considered a philosophical tradition that is being carried on with increasing interaction with the study of Western philosophy in Iran.
Keywords Illuminationism  Iranian philosophy  Islamic philosophy  Islamic Peripateticism  Mulla Sadra  Sufism  Tabataba’i  Transcendent wisdom
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