Khalil Andani Published in the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy

Oxford Handbook of Islamic PhilosophyReconciling Religion and Philosophy: Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s Jāmiʿ al-ḥikmatayn:

Abstract: Nāṣir-i Khusraw (d. 481/1088), the renowned Ismāʿīlī philosopher, poet, travel writer, and missionary (dāʿī), took on the formidable challenge of showing the essential harmony between philosophy and Ismāʿīlī doctrine in his Jāmiʿ al-ḥikmatayn (“The Reconciliation of Philosophy and Religion”). After introducing his life and works, this chapter explores this text’s central themes, and examines the manner in which Nāṣir attempts to achieve this reconciliation. Fundamental to Nāṣir’s method is a form of spiritual hermeneutics or taʾwīl through which he demonstrates that the truths of philosophy serve as iconic representations of the truths of religion, thereby restoring philosophy to its original state of union with revealed, prophetic wisdom.

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Khalil AndaniKhalil Andani is a doctoral (Ph.D) candidate and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2014-2015) specializing in Islamic intellectual history, theology, philosophy, and mysticism at Harvard University and holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS 2014), specializing in Islamic philosophy and Ismaili thought, from Harvard University.

Khalil’s publications include a Survey of Ismaili Studies on Early and Fatimid Ismailism (part 1) published in the Religion Compass journal, a book chapter on Nasir-i Khusraw’s philosophical thought in the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, two articles on Ismaili Philosophy in Sacred Web, and an article on Ismaili views of the Crucifixion of Jesus in The Matheson Trust.

He was recently interviewed on CBC Radio about the Aga Khan Museum. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA-CPA) and has completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008). Over the last few years, Khalil has been invited to deliver several guest lectures and conference presentations on various topics pertaining to Islamic thought and Ismaili philosophy.


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