Essays In Islamic Philosophy, Theology, And Mysticism

Parviz Morewedge


  • Acknowledgments


  • Basic Dimensions of Islamic Theology


  • The Greek Background: Basic Concepts of Neoplatonism
  • Ontology: Greek Sources of Some Islamic Philosophies of Being and Existence
  • Epistemology: The Internal Sense of Prehension (wahm) in Islamic Philosophy


  • Substance and Process Theories of the Self in Islamic Mysticism
  • Mystical Icons in Rumi's Metaphysical Poetry: Light, the Mediator and the Way
  • Sufism, Neoplatonism and Zaehner's Theistic Theory of Mysticism

About the Author

Parviz Morewedge received his Ph.D. in philosophy at University of California at Los Angeles with minors in Near Eastern studies and mathematics. He began his career as a mathematician for Bendis Computers and later worked as a logical design engineer for Litton Industries and as a senior research engineer for General Motors.

For the past thirty years, he has taught at several institutions including Cornell University, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, the State University of New York (at Binghamton and at Oneonta), City University of New York, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Currently, he is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University (State University of New York).

Professor Morewedge is the secretary-treasurer of the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, and editor and treasurer of Society for Global Africa. He serves on several scholarly editorial boards and as the editor-in-chief of Islamic Translation Series, managing editor of the Journal of Neoplatonic Studies, co-editor of Papers on Ancient Greek and Islamic Philosophy, and managing editor for the Oneonta Philosophy Series. He has published several scholarly articles and books including:

  • The Metaphysics of Avicenna (tr.)
    Columbia University Press and Routledge Kegan Paul.
  • Philosophies of Existence (ed.)
    Fordham University Press.
  • Islamic Philosophical Theology (ed.)
    State University of New York Press.
  • Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism (ed.)
    Caravan Press.
  • Neoplatonism and Islamic Thought (ed.)
    State University of New York Press.
  • Metaphysics of Tusi (tr.)
    Brigham Young University Press.
  • Metaphysics of Mulla Sadra (tr.)
    Institute of Global Cultural Studies.
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