Powers of One: The Mathematicalization of the Occult Sciences in the High Persianate Tradition

@inproceedings{MelvinKoushki2017PowersOO,
  title={Powers of One: The Mathematicalization of the Occult Sciences in the High Persianate Tradition},
  author={Matthew Melvin-Koushki},
  year={2017}
}
  • Matthew Melvin-Koushki
  • Published 2017
  • Art
  • Occultism remains the largest blind spot in the historiography of Islamicate philosophy-science, a casualty of persistent scholarly positivism, even whiggish triumphalism. Such occultophobia notwithstanding, the present article conducts a survey of the Islamicate encyclopedic tradition from the 4th–11th/10th–17th centuries, with emphasis on Persian classifications of the sciences, to demonstrate the ascent to philosophically mainstream status of various occult sciences (ʿulūm ġarība) throughout… CONTINUE READING
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