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8/14/06

Iran's culture intertwined with mysticism: scholar

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian scholar Nasrollah Hekmat said here on Monday that Iran's culture has a tendency toward mysticism and illumination, so one can not talk about reviving the philosophy of Avicenna.

"We are living in a time when lifestyle, world developments, and geography have led us toward a philosophy mixed with mysticism and illumination," he told the Mehr News Agency.

"It is the historical fate of our nation that we think of mysticism and illumination more than pure reasoning and intellectualism. Of course, this is not negligence, but rather, a historical necessity. I believe that philosophy is intertwined with mysticism and illumination in Iran.

"In such a situation, one can hardly talk of the philosophy of Avicenna, and we can only introduce him to the world, but we have been negligent in introducing him, too.

"We have also been negligent in introducing our philosophy and culture to the West and have not introduced our cultural background, either."

It seems that the West is trying to say that philosophy is indebted to Greece and the East, and that intellectualism comes from the West, he noted.

"Our problem in Islamic philosophy is that religion and philosophy are intertwined with one another," Hekmat said.

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