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This article is about the philosopher. For the boulevard in Tehran, see Mirdamad Boulevard.

Mir Damad (Persian: ميرداماد‎) (d. 1631 or 1632), known also as Mir Mohammad Baqer Esterabadi, or Asterabadi, was an Iranian philosopher in the Neoplatonizing Islamic Peripatetic traditions of Avicenna and Suhrawardi, a scholar of the traditional Islamic sciences, and foremost figure (together with his student Mulla Sadra), of the cultural renaissance of Iran undertaken under the Safavid dynasty. As such he was the central founder of the School of Isfahan, noted by his students and admirers as the Third Teacher (mu'alim al-thalith) after Aristotle and al-Farabi.


His major contribution to Islamic philosophy was his novel formulation regarding gradations of time and the emanations of the separate categories of time as descending divine hypostases. He resolved the controversy of the createdness or uncreatedness of the world in time by proposing the notion of huduth-e-dahri (atemporal origination) as an explanation grounded in Avicennan and Suhrawardian categories, whilst transcending them. In brief, excepting God, he argued all things, including the earth and all heavenly bodies, share in both eternal and temporal origination. He influenced the revival of al-falsafa al-yamani (Philosophy of Yemen), a philosophy based on revelation and sayings of prophets rather than the rationalism of the Greeks, and he is widely recognized as the founder of the School of Isfahan, which embraced a theosophical outlook known as hikmat-i ilahi (divine wisdom).

Mir Damad’s many treatises on Islamic philosophy include Taqwim al-Iman (Calendars of Faith, a treasure on creation and divine knowledge), the Kitab Qabasat al-Ilahiyah (Book of the Divine Embers of Fiery Kindling), wherein he lays out his concept of atemporal origination, Kitab al-Jadhawat and Sirat al-Mustaqim. He also wrote poetry under the pseudonym of Ishraq (Illumination). He also wrote a couple of books on mathematics, but with secondary importance.

Among his many other students besides Mulla Sadra were Seyyed Ahmad-ibn-Reyn-al-A’bedin Alavi, Mohammad ibn Alireza ibn Agajanii, Qutb-al-Din Mohammad Ashkevari and Mulla Shams Gilani.

Mir Damad's philosophical prose is often accounted as being among the most dense and obtusely difficult of styles to understand, deliberately employing as well as coining convoluted philosophical terminology and neologisms that require systematic unpacking and detailed commentary. He was called Mir Damad (Groom of the King) because he married Shah Abbas's daughter and hence his fame was based on that event.


Among his 134[1] works known:

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Mirdamad was also the architect of the Masjide Shah (Shah's Mosque) in Isfahan which employed highly advance mathematical calculations which required the knowledge of the speed of sound at that time. The geometry of the dome is as such that all sound dissipated from the base will echo in hundreds of carefully calculated and masterly executed interior corners of the dome which will ultimately collide in the center of the dome. The geometrical analysis of the dome is of absolute sophistication and the design of the dome is a magnificent piece of art and furthermore the construction of such dome in the 17th century to a precision where all sound waves must travel and collide in an imaginary point above.


  • Webster Encyclopedia of Religion
  1. ^ S.H. Nasr (2006), Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy, State University of New York Press, p. 214: "Some 134 works of Mir Damad have been identified ..."

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Baltimore Post-Examiner
Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:17:42 -0800

We witnessed the strange spectacle of embassy veterans such as Mir-Damad, Ebtekar, Khatami (the former president's brother) and others urging respect for the same free expression they had helped to smash in the fury of 1979-81. Their own actions ...
Iran Book News Agency
Mon, 06 May 2013 03:27:22 -0700

Philosophy was a mountan founded by Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Avicenna, Abunasr Farabi, Khajeh Nasir, Mir Damad, Dashtaki and others. They built this mountain and Mulla Sadra founded his house on the pinnacle of this mountain.
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Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Fifth Ocean Renamed One of our readers has been monitoring the Lloyd's Register (subscription required) of shipping vessels and noticed something unusual: bunches of Iranian ships were changing their names. For example, on November 16, 2008, the the ...

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Consiglio Nazionale della Resistenza Iraniana
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700

Durante un raid delle forze di repressione per rimuovere le parabole satellitari in Boulevard Mir Damad nella Shah Nazari Street di Tehran, Ali Mohammad Khoei, 65 anni, è stato ucciso. L'incidente è avvenuto il 28 Settembre mentre le forze di ...

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