With the life and general philosophical and metaphysical doctrines of Shihab aI-Din Suhrawardi, entitled Shaykh al-ishraq, the master of Illumination, or Shaykh al-Maqtiil or Shaykh al-shahid, the martyred master, we are not concerned here. l They have been amply dealt with elsewhere. Here suffice if to say that in a very short life-span of 38 years, a life that was interrupted so tragically, he founded a new intellectual perspective in Islam, the school of ishraq, and composed over fifty works in Arabic and Persian which are among the most important writings in the annals ofIslamic philosophy.2