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The Resource Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On composition and the arts, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8, edited and translated by Nader el-Bizri and Godefroid de Callataÿ ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On composition and the arts, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8, edited and translated by Nader el-Bizri and Godefroid de Callataÿ ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri

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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On composition and the arts, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8
Title
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity
Title remainder
On composition and the arts
Title part
An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8
Statement of responsibility
edited and translated by Nader el-Bizri and Godefroid de Callataÿ ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri
Title variation
  • On composition and the arts
  • Rasāʼil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ wa-khullān al-wafāʼ (6-8)
Title variation remainder
  • an Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8
  • al-qism al-awwal fī al-ʻulūm al-riyāḍīyah al-taʻlīmīyah
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eng
Summary
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. Epistles 6 to 8 are from the first division of the Epistles, on the propaedeutical and mathematical sciences. Epistle 6 develops ideas concerning natural numbers and their arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic ratios, marked by the influence of Nicomachus of Gerasa and of Euclid. The Brethren here emphasize practical applications of proportionality in music, medicine, and alchemy. Epistle 7 addresses theoretical scientific knowledge as directed towards the spiritual realities of souls, the goal of which is to actualize human potential; this epistle also presents a remarkable classification of sciences. Epistle 8 surveys material cultures in the Islamic mediaeval milieu, embellished by a consideration of the effects of the heavenly bodies on the predisposition of individuals to follow specific trades. These three epistles are, of course, underpinned by the Brethren's perennial tropes of the microcosm/macrocosm analogy and the emanative hierarchy of existents
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UKIIJ
Dewey number
509
Index
index present
Language note
In Arabic and English
LC call number
B746.A35
LC item number
N33 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ
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  • El-Bizri, Nader
  • Callataÿ, Godefroid de
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity
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  • Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
  • Philosophy, Arab
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Philosophy, Arab
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On composition and the arts, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8, edited and translated by Nader el-Bizri and Godefroid de Callataÿ ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Epistle 6: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistle 7: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistle 8: Introduction, English Translation -- English Translation. -- Arabic Edition of Rasa-ʼil 6-8
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MSTDDAPRINT1021281619
Dimensions
25 cm.
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xxiii, 189, 154 pages
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9780198816928
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On composition and the arts, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 6-8, edited and translated by Nader el-Bizri and Godefroid de Callataÿ ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Epistle 6: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistle 7: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistle 8: Introduction, English Translation -- English Translation. -- Arabic Edition of Rasa-ʼil 6-8
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1021281619
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 189, 154 pages
Isbn
9780198816928
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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