Epistles of the Brethren of Purity - The Ikhwan Al-Safa and Their Rasail: An Introduction by Nader El-BizriEpistles of the Brethren of Purity - The Ikhwan Al-Safa and Their Rasail: An Introduction by Nader El-Bizri

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity - The Ikhwan Al-Safa and Their Rasail: An Introduction

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Ikhwan al-Safa' (The Brethren of Purity) were the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century esoteric fraternity of lettered urbanites that was principally based in Basra and Baghdad. This brotherhood occupied a prominent station in the history of science and philosophy in Islam due to the widereception and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia: Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' (The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). This compendium contained fifty-two epistles that offered synoptic explications of the classical sciences and philosophies of the age. Divided into four classificatoryparts, it treated themes in mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and theology, in addition to moral and didactic fables. The Ikhwan were learned compilers of scientific and philosophical knowledge, and their Rasa'il constituted a paradigmatic legacy in the canonization ofphilosophy and the sciences in mediaeval Islamic civilization.This present volume gathers studies by leading philosophers, historians and scholars of Islamic Studies, who are also the editors and translators of the first Arabic critical editions and first complete annotated English translations of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa', which will be published in the OUPSeries that this present volume initiates, as well as being members of the Editorial Board.The chapters of this present volume explore the conceptual and historical aspects of the philosophical and scientific contents of the Rasa'il and their classification, as well as investigating the authorship and dating of this corpus and the impact that the Ikhwan's intellectual tradition exercisedin the unfolding of the history of ideas in Islam.
Nader El-Bizri is a Research Associate in Philosophy at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and General Editor of the OUP series: The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity. He has been an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge since 1999, and he is a Visiting Profe...
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Title:Epistles of the Brethren of Purity - The Ikhwan Al-Safa and Their Rasail: An IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:November 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Farhad Daftary: Foreword1. Ismail K. Poonawala: Do We Need an Arabic Critical Edition of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' With an Annotated English Translation?2. Abbas Hamdani: The Arrangement of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' and the Problem of Interpolations [with a Postscript]3. Carmela Baffioni: The Scope of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa'4. Ian Richard Netton: The Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' in the History of Ideas in Islam5. Yahya J. Michot: 'Misled and Misleading' ... 'Yet Central in their Intellectual Influence!' Ibn Taymiyya's Views on Ikhwan al-Safa'6. Nader El-Bizri: Epistolary Prolegomena: On Arithmetic and Geometry7. Owen Wright: Music and Musicology in the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa'8. Lenn E. Goodman: Reading The Case of the Animals versus Man: Fable and Philosophy in the Essays of the Ikhwan al-Safa'Select BibliographyContributorsIndex