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The Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity), the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad, hold an eminent position in the history of science and philosophy in Islam due to the wide reception and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia, the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). This compendium contains fifty-two epistles offering synoptic accounts of the classical sciences and philosophies of the age; divided into four classificatory parts, it treats themes in mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and theology, in addition to didactic fables. The Rasa'il constitutes a paradigmatic legacy in the canonization of philosophy and the sciences in mediaeval Islamic civilization, as well as having shown a permeating influence in Western culture.

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On Companionship and Belief

An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 43-45

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Hardcover
30 May 2017
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity

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Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, Part III

An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 39-41

$80.00

9780198797760
Hardcover
30 May 2017
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