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A. Primary sources

A.1 Editions of texts by Fârâbî

  • Falsafat Aflaṭûn, in Franz Rosenthal and Richard Walzer (eds. and trs.), [Latin], Alfarabius de Platonis philosophia, London: Warburg, 1943.
  • Iḥṣâʾ al-ʿulûm, in Ángel González Palencia (ed. and tr. [Spanish]), Al-Farabi: Catálogo de las ciencias, second edition, Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1953.
  • [Kutsch & Marrow 1960] Sharḥ al-Fârâbî li-Kitâb Arisṭûṭâlîs fî l-ʿIbâra = Alfarabi’s Commentary on Aristotle’s PERI ERMHNEIAΣ (De Interpretatione), Wilhelm Kutsch and Stanley Marrow (eds.), Beirut: Imprimerie Catholique, 1960. (Scholar)
  • Kitâb al-siyâsa al-madanîya = Alfarabi’s The Political Regime, Fauzi M. Najjar (ed.), Beirut: Imprimerie Catholique, 1964. (Scholar)
  • [Mahdi 1968] Kitâb al-alfâẓ al-mustaʿmala fî l-manṭiq, Muhsin Mahdi (ed.), Beirut: Dar el-Mashreq, 1968. (Scholar)
  • [Mahdi 1969a] Kitâb al-ḥurûf = Alfarabi’s Book of Letters, Muhsin Mahdi (ed.), Beirut: Dar el-Mashreq, 1969a. [Note that Boook of Letters is cited by part and paragraph number followed, possibly, by page number and line number.] (Scholar)
  • [Mahdi 1976] Kitâb iḥṣâʾ al-îqâʿât, selections edited by Muhsin Mahdi in ʿUthmân Amîn (ed.), Nuṣûṣ falsafîya muhdât ilâ l-Duktûr Ibrâhîm Madkûr, Cairo: 1976, pp. 75–8. (Scholar)
  • Kitâb al-wâḥid wa-l-waḥda = Alfarabi’s On One and Unity, Muhsin Mahdi (ed.), Casablanca: Toubkal, 1989. (Scholar)
  • Kitâb al-jamʿ bayna raʾay al-ḥakîmayn, in Cecilia Martini Bonadeo, (ed. and tr. [Italian]), al-Fârâbî: L’armonia delle opinioni dei due sapienti: il divino Platone e Aristotele, Pisa: Plus, 2008. (Scholar)

A.2 Editions of earlier Arabic philosophical texts

  • Oeuvres philosophiques et scientifiques d’al-Kindî, Jean Jolivet and Roshdi Rashed, (ed. and tr. [French]), 2 vols., Leiden: Brill, 1997. (Scholar)

A.3 Translations of texts by Fârâbî

  • Bertolacci, Amos (tr.), 2006a, “On the Aims of the Metaphysics”, in Bertolacci 2006b, 66–72. (Scholar)
  • Bučan, Daniel (tr.), 1999, Abu Nasr Al-Farabi: Knjiga o slovima, Zagreb: Demetra. Croatian translation of the Book of Letters. (Scholar)
  • Butterworth, Charles E. (tr.), 2001, Alfarabi: The Political Writings: “Selected Aphorisms” and Other Texts, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Contains the Selected Aphorisms, Book of Religion, The Harmonization of the Two Opinions of the Two Sages: Plato the Divine and Aristotle, and selections from the Enumeration of the Sciences. (Scholar)
  • ––– (tr.), 2015, Alfarabi: The Political Writings, Volume II: “Political regime” and “Summary of Plato’s laws”, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (Scholar)
  • González Palencia, Ángel (ed. and tr. [Spanish]), 1953, Al-Farabi: Catálogo de las ciencias, second edition, Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. (Scholar)
  • Khalidi, Muhammad Ali, 2005, Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Contains a partial English translation of the Book of Letters, pp. 1–26. (Scholar)
  • McGinnis, Jon and David C. Reisman, 2007, Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett. Contains translations of On the Aims of the Metaphysics, On Intelligence, and part of the Political Regime. (Scholar)
  • Mahdi, Muhsin (tr.), 1969b, Alfarabi’s philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, revised edition, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Contains the Attainment of Happiness, Philosophy of Plato, and Philosophy of Aristotle. (Scholar)
  • Martini Bonadeo, Cecilia (ed. and tr. [Italian]), 2008, al-Fârâbî: L’armonia delle opinioni dei due sapienti: il divino Platone e Aristotele, Pisa: Plus.
  • Rosenthal, Franz, 1975, The Classical Heritage in Islam, London: Routledge. Contains a translation of On the Appearance of Philosophy, pp. 50–51 (Scholar)
  • Rosenthal, Franz and Richard Walzer (ed. and tr. [Latin]), 1943, Alfarabius de Platonis philosophia, London: Warburg (Scholar)
  • Türker, Ömer (tr.), 2008, Harfler Kitabı: Kitâbu’l-Hurûf, Istanbul: Litera Yayıncılık. Turkish translation of the Book of Letters. (Scholar)
  • Walzer, Richard (ed. and tr.), 1985, Al-Farabi on the Perfect State: Abû Naṣr al-Fârâbî’s Mabâdiʾ Ârâʾ Ahl al-Madîna al-Fâdila, Oxford: Clarendon Press. (Scholar)
  • Zimmermann, F.W. (tr. [with book-length introduction]), 1981, Al-Farabi’s Commentary and Short Treatise on Aristotle’s De interpretatione, London: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press (Scholar)

A.4 Translations of earlier Arabic philosophical texts, and a Greek text surviving in Arabic/Hebrew

  • Adamson, Peter and Peter E. Pormann (trs), 2012, The Philosophical Works of Al-Kindî, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Elamrani-Jamal, Abdelali, 1983, Logique aristotélicienne et grammaire arabe, Paris: Vrin. Contains a French translation of the debate between Abû Bishr Mattâ and al-Sîrâfî, pp. 149–63. (Scholar)
  • Jolivet, Jean and Roshdi Rashed (ed. and tr. [French]), 1997, Oeuvres philosophiques et scientifiques d’al-Kindî, Leiden: Brill (Scholar)
  • Madelung, Wilferd and Paul Walker, 1999, The Advent of the Fatimids: A Contemporary Shiʿi Witness, London: Tauris (Scholar)
  • Margoliouth, D.S., 1905, “The Discussion between Abu Bishr Matta and Abu Saʿid al-Sirafi on the Merits of Logic and Grammar”, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 37(1): 79–129. doi:10.1017/s0035869x00032706 (Scholar)
  • Meyrav, Yoav (tr.), 2020, Themistius: On Aristotle Metaphysics 12, London: Bloomsbury. (Scholar)

B. Secondary sources

  • Abed, Shukri B., 1991, Aristotelian Logic and the Arabic Language in Alfârâbî, Albany, NY: SUNY Press. (Scholar)
  • Adamson, Peter, 2002, The Arabic Plotinus: A Philosophical Study of the Theology of Aristotle, London: Duckworth. (Scholar)
  • Bertolacci, Amos, 2005, “On the Arabic Translations of Aristotle’s Metaphysics”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 15(2): 241–275. doi:10.1017/s0957423905000196 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006b, The Reception of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Avicenna’s Kitâb al-Šifâʾ: A Milestone of Western Metaphysics, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Décarie, Vianney, 1961, L’objet de la métaphysique selon Aristote, Paris: Vrin.
  • Diebler, Stéphane, 2005, “Catégories, conversation et philosophie chez al-Fârâbî”, in Les catégories et leur histoire, Otto Bruun and Lorenzo Corti (eds.), Paris: Vrin, pp. 275–305. (Scholar)
  • Druart, Thérèse-Anne, 2007, “Al-Fârâbî, the Categories, Metaphysics, and the Book of Letters”, Medioevo: Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale, 32: 15–37. (Scholar)
  • Galston, Miriam, 2015, “The Puzzle of Alfarabi’s Parallel Works”, The Review of Politics, 77(4): 519–543. doi:10.1017/s003467051500056x (Scholar)
  • Gutas, Dimitri, 1999a, “The ‘Alexandria to Baghdad’ Complex of Narratives: a Contribution to the Study of Philosophical and Medical Historiography Among the Arabs”, Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale, 10: 155–93. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1999b, “Fârâbî i. Biography”, Encyclopedia Iranica, Vol. IX, Fasc. 2, pp. 208–213; current version [Gutas 1999b available online] (Scholar)
  • Janos, Damien, 2012, Method, Structure, and Development in al-Farabi’s Cosmology (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, 85), Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004217324 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2016, “Al-Fārābī’s (d. 950) On the One and Oneness: Some Preliminary Remarks on Its Structure, Contents, and Theological Implications”, in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, Khaled El-Rouayheb and Sabine Schmidtke (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 101–28. (Scholar)
  • Menn, Stephen, 2008, “Al-Fārābī’s Kitāb al-Ḥurūf and His Analysis of the Senses of Being”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 18(1): 59–97. doi:10.1017/s0957423908000477 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011, “Fârâbî in the Reception of Avicenna’s Metaphysics: Averroes against Avicenna on Being and Unity”, in The Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Reception of Avicenna’s Metaphysics, Dag Hasse and Amos Bertolacci (eds), Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 51–96. doi:10.1515/9783110215762.51 (Scholar)
  • Rashed, Marwan, 2009, “On the Authorship of the Treatise On the Harmonization of the Opinions of the Two Sages Attributed to al-Fārābī”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 19(1): 43–82. doi:10.1017/s0957423909000587 (Scholar)
  • Rudolph, Ulrich, 2008, “Reflections on al-Fârâbî’s Mabâdiʾ ârâʾ ahl al-maḍîna al-fâdila”, in In the Age of al-Fârâbî: Arabic Philosophy in the Fourth/Tenth Century, Peter Adamson (ed.), London: Warburg Institute, pp. 1–14. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2017, “Abû Naṣr al-Fârâbî”, in Philosophy in the Islamic World, Volume 1: 8th–10th Centuries, Ulrich Rudolph, Rotraud Hansberger, and Peter Adamson (eds), Rotraud Hansberger (tr), Leiden: Brill, pp. 526–654. (Scholar)
  • Shiloah, Amnon, 1971, “Traités de musique dans le Ms. 1705 de Manisa”, Israel Oriental Studies, 1: 305–7. (Scholar)
  • Vallat, Philippe, 2004, Farabi et l’école d’Alexandrie, Paris: Vrin. (Scholar)
  • Watt, John W., 2008, “Al-Fârâbî and the History of the Syriac Organon”, in Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone: Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock, George A. Kiraz (ed.), Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, pp. 703–731. (Scholar)

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