Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
2.2.5 Mirrors for Princes (Supplemental)
Opening pages of the Konya manuscript of the Meccan Revelations, handwritten by Ibn Arabi. Wikimedia Commons.
The Persian tradition of advice literature dates back to pre-Islamic times and the Middle Persian, or Pahlavi, works of the Sasanian period. It was one of the central areas of Persian cultural expression and constituted a major contribution to Islamic civilization. The use of the term “mirror for princes”, which has been appropriated by scholars in Perso-Islamic studies to refer to books of advice on kingly ethics and royal conduct, is borrowed from the medieval European genre of the speculum regis or Fürstenspiegel… (Jackman Humanities Institute, 2019)
This blog by Professor Maria Subtleny at the University of Toronto captures the deep influences of pre-Islamic Persia on Islamic political and courtly culture. We invite you to explore this additional resource.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.