Human Suffering in Light of the Oneness of Being

Mohammad A. Mansouri

The great Persian Sufi metaphysician ʿAzīz al-Dīn Nasafī contains an abundance of fruitful reflections on the problem of evil, human suffering, and the transient nature of the material world, all seen from the vantage point of waḥdat al-wujūd or the oneness of being. After outlining Nasafī’s treatment of evil and suffering in detail, I will then seek to evaluate Mohammed Rustom’s aphorisms on God, evil, and liberation in their own light, thereby highlighting the creative ways in much Muslim philosophers past and present have engaged with topics of abiding human concern.

About the Presenter

Mohammad Amin Mansouri is a doctoral candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Specializing in Islamic philosophy, Ismaili thought, Islamic occultism, and the Sufi tradition, a number of his articles have appeared (or will shortly appear) in several leading academic journals, such as the Journal of Sufi Studies, Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, and Studia Islamica.