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On Arithmetic & Geometry: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 1-2 - Epistles of the Brethren of Purity (Hardback)
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On Arithmetic & Geometry: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 1-2 - Epistles of the Brethren of Purity (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 07/02/2013
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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). The fifty-two epistles offer synoptic accounts of the classical sciences of the age, treating 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, and has also shown a permeating influence in Western culture. This volume is the fifth of the series, consisting of the first critical edition of the Rasa 'il in its original Arabic, complete with the fully annotated English translation. Prepared by Dr Nader El-Bizri, Epistles 1 and 2 (on arithmeti

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199655601
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 728 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[T]his volume is a major contribution to Islamic intellectual history-scholarly, supported, and judicious. The translation on the whole is fluent ... and the edition and its principles are clear. * Sajjad H. Rizvi, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences *
...reading through the commentary (or, even better, the text itself) gives a nice quick snapshot of how the medieval Islamic scholar began his study of the mathematical sciences. * MAA Reviews *

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