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The Resource Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On companionship and belief, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45, edited and translated by Samer Traboulsi, Toby Mayer [and] Richard Netton ; foreword by Nader el-Bizri

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On companionship and belief, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45, edited and translated by Samer Traboulsi, Toby Mayer [and] Richard Netton ; foreword by Nader el-Bizri

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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On companionship and belief, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45
Title
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity
Title remainder
On companionship and belief
Title part
An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45
Statement of responsibility
edited and translated by Samer Traboulsi, Toby Mayer [and] Richard Netton ; foreword by Nader el-Bizri
Title variation
  • On companionship and belief
  • Rasāʼil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ wa-khullān al-wafāʼ (43-45)
Title variation remainder
  • an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 43-45
  • al-risālah al-thāniyah ilá al-risālah al-rābiʻah min al-qism al-rābiʻ fī al-nāmūsīyah al-ilāhīyah
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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 43-45 succeed the extended description of religions and creeds that opens the final section of the corpus, on the theological sciences. Epistle 43 explains briefly the need for purifying one's soul by performing virtuous acts, after which one can follow the 'straight path' to God. The extremely diverse Epistle 44 is no dry exercise in abstruse theology; rather, it is characterized by the most delightful anecdotes, designed to inform the reader of a deeper truth, that of the hereafter following the soul's separation from the body at death. Alongside references to many of the Prophets encountered in the Qur'an, this Epistle shows a familiarity with other religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. Epistle 45 focuses on companionship and friendship, resonating strongly with the word 'Brethren' by which the authors distinguish themselves. The volume overall is united in its underlying themes of the immortality of the soul and the profound need for mutual cooperation, informed in parts by the general Neoplatonism of the entire corpus, as well as by Aristotelian and Platonic motifs
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BTCTA
Dewey number
181/.07
Index
index present
LC call number
B746.A35
LC item number
T73 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ
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1972-
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  • Traboulsi, Samer F.
  • Mayer, Toby
  • Netton, Ian Richard
  • Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity
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  • Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
  • Philosophy, Arab
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Philosophy, Arab
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On companionship and belief, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45, edited and translated by Samer Traboulsi, Toby Mayer [and] Richard Netton ; foreword by Nader el-Bizri
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text
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Contents
Epistle 43: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistles 44 and 45: Introduction, English Translation. -- English Translation. -- Arabic Edition of Rasā-il 43-45. -- Arabic Appendices
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MSTDDAPRINT935194561
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25 cm.
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xxiii, 167, 149 pages
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9780198784678
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2017406016
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rdamedia
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Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On companionship and belief, An Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 43-45, edited and translated by Samer Traboulsi, Toby Mayer [and] Richard Netton ; 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 43: Introduction, English Translation. -- Epistles 44 and 45: Introduction, English Translation. -- English Translation. -- Arabic Edition of Rasā-il 43-45. -- Arabic Appendices
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT935194561
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 167, 149 pages
Isbn
9780198784678
Lccn
2017406016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n

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