Ziai

Hossein

Illumination
1944-2011

Biography

Hossein Ziai’s life and works, from his childhood in Khorasan to his education at Yale and Harvard and his rise as a leading scholar of Sohravardi’s Illuminationist Philosophy and professor of Islamic philosophy and Persian language and literature at UCLA are outlined in Profile, Genealogy, Education, and Academic Career, with added information on his worldview, creativity, and the company he kept.

Publications

Hossein Ziai’s books included critical editions with notes and commentary, as well as translations and bilingual editions of primary sources in Persian and Arabic on Illuminationist Philosophy. His Knowledge and Illumination (1990) is the only analysis of Illuminationist logic in a foreign language, and The Philosophy of Illumination, co-published with John Walbridge (1999), is considered the standard translation of ikmat al-Ishrāq.

Publications

Hossein Ziai’s books included critical editions with notes and commentary, as well as translations and bilingual editions of primary sources in Persian and Arabic on Illuminationist Philosophy. His Knowledge and Illumination (1990) is the only analysis of Illuminationist logic in a foreign language, and The Philosophy of Illumination, co-published with John Walbridge (1999), is considered the standard translation of ikmat al-Ishrāq.

Memorabilia

Tributes

The impassioned eulogies that Hossein Ziai’s friends, colleagues, and graduate students delivered at his memorial service echoed the sentiments of the nearly seven-hundred people in attendance at Forest Lawn on 3 September 2011.

Memories of Abdullahabad

In 1970, British theater director Peter Brook traveled with Arby Ovanessian and Anthony Page to a village in Khorasan to watch Ta’ziyeh Moslem—a Shi’ite ritualistic tragedy—the year before he presented Orghast I & II, “a work in progress” at the Shiraz Arts Festival جشن هنر شیراز.

The Heavenly Court
Persian Poetry and Painting

In February 1985, with the enthusiastic backing of Professor Cary Welch, Hossein Ziai organized an exhibition titled, The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum.

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