On Magic: An Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 52, Part 1
OUP Oxford (2011)
|Abstract||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. This is the fifth volume in a series presenting the very first critical edition of the Rasa'il in its original Arabic, complete with the first fully annotated English translation. Epistle 52: On Magic is the last in the corpus, and presents the short version of the 'Epistle on Magic, Incantations, and the Evil Eye'. Within its pages the authors of the epistle argue for the legitimacy of magic and the other occult sciences, and seek confirmation of their views in authorities as diverse as Plato, the Qur'ân, the Torah, the astrologer Abû Ma'shâr, and the mysterious sect of pagan star-worshippers known as the Sabians of Harrân. As in all other volumes of the series, this volume provides the first critical edition of the Arabic text, together with an English translation and a substantial range of notes. An extensive introduction highlights the unique relevance of this treatise within the framework of the Brethren's encyclopaedia itself, and to the history of science in general.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|External links||This entry has no external links. Add one.|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Owen Wright (ed.) (2011). On Music: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 5. OUP in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies/Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Lenn Evan Goodman & Richard J. A. McGregor (eds.) (2009). The Case of the Animals Versus Man Before the King of the Jinn: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 22. Oxford University Press.
Carmela Baffioni (ed.) (2010). Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: On Logic: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 10-14. Oxford University Press in Association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Carmela Baffioni (ed.) (2010). On Logic: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 10-14. OUP Oxford.
Nader El-Bizri (ed.) (2008). Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: The Ikhwān Al-Ṣafāʼ and Their Rasāʼil: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Owen Wright (ed.) (2010). Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: On Music: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 5. Oxford University Press.
Ibn Khaldūn (1969/2005). The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History. Princeton University Press.
David C. Lindberg (1996). Roger Bacon and the Origins of Perspectiva in the Middle Ages: A Critical Edition and English Translation, with Introduction and Notes. Clarendon Press.
S. van Den Bergh (1946). Galen, on Medical Experience. By R. Walzer. First Edition of the Arabic Version with English Translation and Notes. (Oxford University Press. 1944. Pp. Xii + 164. English Price 12s. 6d. Net.). [REVIEW] Philosophy 21 (78):93-.
Ahmad Y. Al-hassan (2004). The Arabic Original of Liber de Compositione Alchemiae the Epistle of Maryanus, the Hermit and Philosopher, to Prince Khalid Ibn Yazid. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 14 (2):213-231.
Peter C. Hodgson (ed.) (2006). Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: One-Volume Edition, The Lectures of 1827. OUP Oxford.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1999). Unpublished Writings From the Period of Unfashionable Observations. Stanford University Press.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1970/2004). Hegel's Philosophy of Nature: Being Part Two of the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (1830), Translated From Nicolin and Pöggeler's Edition (1959), and From the Zusätze in Michelet's Text (1847). [REVIEW] Oxford University Press.
Immanuel Kant (2011). Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A German-English Edition. Cambridge University Press.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-04-15
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?