By Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi
The culture of philosophy within the Persian-speaking global is awfully wealthy, inventive and numerous. This anthology, that is divided into 3 volumes, goals to speak whatever of that richness and variety. The time period "philosophy" is known to in its widest feel to incorporate theological debate, philosophical Sufism and philosophical hermeneutics (ta'wil). Extending over a interval of greater than millennia, and showcasing translations by way of well-established students, the anthology deals complete bibliographical references all through. For an individual drawn to exploring, in all their various manifestations, the interesting philosophical traditions of Persia, any such wide-ranging and bold paintings can be an necessary source. quantity 1 begins with the Zoroastrian interval and extends to the time of Biruni and Oma Khayyam, paying targeted realization to the peripatetic institution linked to Ibn Sina (Avicenna). in the course of the pre-Islamic interval philosophy used to be intertwined with faith, and it truly is inside of Persian non secular texts reminiscent of the Gathas, the Denkard, and the Zoroastrian texts of the Bundahisn that philosophical discussions of matters starting from metaphysics to cosmology and eschatology are to be came across.
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Perhaps referring to the proportion of the sky which is overspread by the darkness of night. The whole sentence is rather obscure. . The vernal equinox (see Chap. XXV, 7). . Literally, ‘and it was arranged’. For the details of these visitations, see Chaps. VI–X. . Reading khûst tôm; but it may be hangîdtûm, ‘most turbid, opaque’. Bundahišn 25 16. And blight was diffused by him over the vegetation, and it withered away immediately. 17. And avarice, want, pain, hunger, disease, lust, and lethargy were diffused by him abroad upon the ox and Gâyômard.
V, 6. None of the other names of the signs of the zodiac are written here in Pâzand, but it may be noted that if the ah in Vahîk were written in Pâzand (that is, in Avesta characters), the word would become the same as Nahâzîk in Pahlavi. . Literally, ‘fragments of the calculators’, khurdak-i hâmârîkân. These subdivisions are the spaces traversed daily by the moon among the stars, generally called ‘lunar mansions’. . All these names are written in Pâzand, which accounts for their eccentric orthography, in which both K20 and M6 agree very closely.
P. 152, n. 2), whence the term has been transferred to ‘religion’ and all religious observances, rules, and writings; so it may be translated either by ‘religion’ or by ‘revelation’. . This appears to be the meaning, but the construction of § 3 is altogether rather obscure, and suggestive of omissions in the text. . The usual name of the evil spirit; it is probably an older corruption of Angra-mainyu than Ganrâk-maîntôk, and a less technical term. Its Sasanian form was Aharmanî. . Substituting amat, ‘when’, for mûn, ‘which’, two Huzvâris forms which are frequently confounded by Pahlavi copyists because their Pâzand equivalents, ka and ke, are nearly alike.
Anthology of Philosophy in Persia: Volume 1: From Zoroaster to Omar Khayyam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mehdi Aminrazavi