Sadrian Utopia

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Being an important problem of political thought, utopia is deemed to have various functions and applications. Mulla Sadra makes use of the concept of utopia in order to criticize his contemporary political setup and present an alternative pattern. In Mulla Sadra’s utopia citizens and regulations are of great importance. This is because no society can be es tablished without these elements. More important than these is, however, the executive sys tem. On his view, a utopian society is one over which a prophet, an Imam or a juris t rules. In addition to having numerous benefits, his utopia brings about a situation in which the inner and the outer realms of exis tence get to some sort of harmony. It is by living in this society that man gets back to the right track determined by his Lord attaining thus ultimate happiness.

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