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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.

Editorial Board , General Editor Nader El-Bizri, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Hermann Landolt, McGill University and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Wilferd Madelung, University of Oxford and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Ismail K. Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles, Advisory Board, Carmela Baffioni, Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale', Patricia Crone, Princeton University, Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Godefroid de Callataÿ, Université catholique de Louvain, Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University, Abbas Hamdani, University of Wisconsin, Yves Marquet, Sorbonne, Yahya Michot, Hartford Seminary, James Montgomery, University of Cambridge, Azim Nanji, Stanford University, Ian Richard Netton, University of Exeter, and Roshdi Rashed, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

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