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How Ibn Sinian Is Suhrawardi's Theory of Knowledge?

From: Philosophy East and West
Volume 53, Number 2, April 2003
pp. 203-214 | 10.1353/pew.2003.0010


It is demonstrated here that despite apparent differences and their adherence to two different schools of thought, Suhrawardi's epistemology is essentially Ibn Sinian, and even his theory of "knowledge by Presence" ('ilm al-huduri), which is considered to be uniquely his, is at least inspired by Ibn Sina. I argue that Ibn Sina's peripatetic orientation and Suhrawardi's ishraqi perspective have both maintained and adhered to the same epistemological framework while the philosophical languages in which their respective epistemologies are discussed are different.