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  • Al-Mawrid (Special Issue on Al-Farabi), 4(3), 1975.
  • Chavooshi, Jafar Aghayani, Al-Fârâbî: An Annotated Bibliography, Tehran, 1976.
  • Cunbur, Müjgan, Ismet Ninark & Nejat Sefercioglu, Fârâbî Bibliyografyasi, Ankara: Bashakanhk Basimevi, 1973.
  • Daiber, Hans, Bibliography of Islamic Philosophy (from the 15th Century to 1999) 2 vol., Leiden: Brill, 1999 and its Supplement, Leiden: Brill, 2007, much complete and update these pioneers works.
  • Druart, Thérèse-Anne, Brief Bibliographical Guide in Medieval and Post-Classical Islamic Philosophy and Theology, available online in yearly installments and includes a section on al-Fârâbî.
  • Rescher, Nicholas, Al-Fârâbî: An Annotated Bibliography, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1962.


  • Alon, Ilai and Shukri B. Abed, Al-Fârâbî’s Philosophical Lexicon, 2 volumes (volume I: Arabic Text; volume II: English translation). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002 (provides al-Fârâbî’s own definitions of technical philosophical terms). (Scholar)

Primary Literature

Works by al-Fârâbî

The following are listed by editors/translators:

  • al-‘Ajam, Rafîq & Majid Fakhry (eds.), 1985–87, al-Fârâbî, al-mantiq ‘inda al-Fârâbî, in 4 volumes, Beirut: Dar al-Mashriq.
  • Badawi, ‘Abdurrahman, 1983, Traites philosophiques par al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Bajjah & Ibn ‘Adyy, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar Al-Andaloss. (Scholar)
  • Bonadeo, Cecilia Martini (ed.), 2008, al-Fârâbî, L’armonia delle opinioni dei due sapienti, il divino Platone e Aristotele, Pisa: Plus. (Scholar)
  • Bouyges, Maurice (trans. and ed.), 1983, Alfarabi, Risalat fi’l-‘Aql, 2nd edition, Beirut: Imprimerie Catholique. (Scholar)
  • Butterworth, Charles E. (ed. and trans.), 2001, Alfarabi, The Political Writings: “Selected Aphorisms” and Other Texts (Volume I), Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed. and trans.), 2015, Alfarabi, The Political Writings: “Political Regime” and “Summary of Plato’s Laws” (Volume II), Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed. and trans.), forthcoming, Alfarabi, Book of Letters, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Scholar)
  • Chatti, Saloua & Hodges, Wilfrid (trans.), forthcoming, Al-Farabi, Syllogism: An Abdrigement of Aristotle’s Prior Analytics, London: Bloomsbury. (Scholar)
  • Cherni, Amor (trans. and ed.), 2015, al-Fârâbî, Le recensement des sciences, Paris: Al Bouraq. (Scholar)
  • Dânishpazuh, Muhammad Taqî (ed.), 1987–89, al-Fârâbî, al-mantiqiyyât lilfârâbî, 3 volumes, Qumm: Matba‘at Bahman.
  • Diebler, Stéphane (trans), 2007, al-Fârâbî, Philosopher à Bagdad au Xe siècle, introduction by Ali Benmakhlouf, glossary by Pauline Koetschet, Paris: Seuil. (Scholar)
  • DiPasquale, David M. (trans.), 2019, Alfarabi’s Book of Dialectic (Kitab al-Jadal): On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Druart, Thérèse-Anne (ed.), 1998, “Le Sommaire du livre des ‘Lois’ de Platon”, Bulletin d’Études Orientales, 50: 109–55; (Scholar)
  • d’Erlanger, Rodolphe (trans.), 1930–35, La musique arabe: Al-Fârâbî, Grand Traité de la Musique, vol. I–II, Paris: Geuthner, reprint (Paris: 2001). (Scholar)
  • Ezzaher, Lahcen E. (ed.), 2008, “Alfarabi’s Book of Rhetoric: An Arabic-English translation of Alfarabi’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Rhetoric”, Rhetorica, 26(4): 347–91. (Scholar)
  • ––– (transl.), 2015, Three Arabic Treatises on Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” (translation, introduction, & notes), Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press , pp. 12–49. (Scholar)
  • Galonnier, A. (ed. and trans.), 2016, Le ‘De scientiis Alfarabii’ de Gérarde de Crémone: Contributions aux problèmes de l’acculturation au XIIe siècle. Étude introductive et édition critique, traduite et annotée, Turnhout: Brepols. (Scholar)
  • van Gelder, Geert Jan & Marlé Hammond (trans. and eds), 2008, Takhyîl: The Imaginary in Classical Arabic Poetics, Exeter: Gibb Memorial Trust, pp. 15–23. (Scholar)
  • Gundissalinus, Dominicus [ca. 1150] (transl.), 2006, al-Fârâbî, Über die Wissenschaften (de scientiis), Jakob Hans Josef Schneider (ed.), Freiburg: Herder .
  • Khalidi, Muhammad Ali (ed. and trans.), 2005, al-Fârâbî, “The Book of Letters”, in his Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–26. (Scholar)
  • Lugal, Necati & Aydin Sayili, 1951, “Maqâla fî l-Khalâ”, Belleten (Türk Tarih Kurumu), 15: 1–16 & 21–36. (Scholar)
  • Mahdi, Muhsin (ed.), 1968, al-Fârâbi, Utterances Employed in Logic, introduction and notes, Beirut: Dar el-Mashreq. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 1969a, Alfarabi’s Book of Letters (Kitab al-Huruf), Arabic text, introduction and notes, Beirut: Dar el-Mashreq. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 1969b, Alfarabi’s Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, translated with an introduction, 2nd edition, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; reprinted 2002. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 1989, Alfarabi’s On One and Unity, Casablanca: Toubkal . (Scholar)
  • McGinnis, Jon & David C. Reisman (eds.), 2007, Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, pp. 54–120. (Scholar)
  • Najjar, Fauzi M. (ed.), 1964, Al-Fârâbî’s The Political Regime, with introduction & notes, Beirut: Imprimerie Catholique . (Scholar)
  • Neria, Cahim Meir, 2013, “Al-Fârâbî’s Lost Commentary on the Ethics: New Textual Evidence”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 23(1): 69–99. (Scholar)
  • Rashed, Marwan, 2008, “Al-Fârâbî’s lost treatise On changing beings and the possibility of a demonstration of the eternity of the world”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 18(1): 19–58. (Scholar)
  • Sawa, George Dimitri, 2009, Rhythmic Theories and Practices in Arabic Writings to 339 AH/950 CE : Annotated translations and commentaries, Ottawa: The Institute of Mediaeval Music. (Scholar)
  • Sayili, Aydin, 1951, “Al-Farabi’s Article on Vacuum”, Belleten (Turk Tarih Kurumu), 15: 151–74. (Scholar)
  • Walzer, Richard (ed. and trans.), 1985, Al-Faradi on the Perfect State, with introduction and commentary, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Zimmerman, F.W., 1981, Al-Farabi’s Commentary and Short Treatise on Aristotle’s “De interpretatione” (translation, introduction & notes), London: British Academy. (Scholar)

Works by other authors

  • [Aristotle] Akasoy, A.A. & A. Fidora (eds.), 2005, The Arabic Version of the “Nicomachean Ethics”, with an English translation by D.M. Dunlop, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • [al-Kindî] Adamson, Peter and Peter E. Pormann (ed.), 2012, The Philosophical Works of al-Kindi (Studies in Islamic Philosophy), Karachi: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)

Secondary Literature

  • Abed, Shukri B., 1991, Aristotelian Logic and the Arabic Language in Alfârâbî, Albany, NY: SUNY Press. (Scholar)
  • Adamson, Peter, 2006, “The Arabic Sea Battle: al-Fârâbî on the Problem of future Contingents”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 88: 163–88. (Scholar)
  • –––, forthcoming, “Plotinus Arabus and Proclus Arabus in the Harmony of the Two Philosophers Attributed to al-Farabi,” in Reading Proclus and the Book of Causes (Volume II: Translations and Acculturations), Dragos Calma (ed.), Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Black, Deborah L., 1990, Logic and Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” and “Poetics” in Medieval Arabic Philosophy, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Butterworth, Charles E., 2011, “Alfarabi’s Goal: Political Philosophy, Not Political Theology”, in Islam, the State, and Political Authority: Medieval Issues and Modern Concerns, Asma Afsaruddin (ed.), New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan US, pp. 53–74. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2013, “How to Read Alafarabi”, in More Modoque: Festschrift for Miklós Maróth, edited by P. Fodor et alii, Budapest: Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, pp. 33–41. (Scholar)
  • Chatti, Saloua, 2019, Arabic Logic from al-Farabi to Averroes: A Study of the Early Arabic Categorical, Modal and Hypothetical Syllogistics, Basel: Birkhhauser. (Scholar)
  • Cherni, Amor, 2015, La cité et ses opinions: Politique et métaphysique chez Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî, Paris: Albouraq. (Scholar)
  • Daiber, Hans, 1983, “Fârâbîs Abhandlung über das Vakuum: Quellen und Stellung in der islamischen Wissenschaftsgeschichte”, Der Islam, 60(1): 37–47. (Scholar)
  • Druart, Thérèse-Anne, 2007, “Al-Fârâbî, the categories, metaphysics, and The Book of Letters”, Medioevo, 32: 15–37. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010, “Al-Fârâbî: An Arabic Account of the Origin of Language and of Philosophical Vocabulary”, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 84: 1–17. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2017, “Al-Farabi on Intersubjectivity in This Life and Thereafter,” in Promisa nec aspera currans, Georgio Rahal & Heinz-Otto Luthe (eds.), Toulouse: Les Presses Universitaires, pp. 341–54. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2020, “What Does Music Have to Do with Language, Logic, and Rulership? Al-Farabi’s Answer,” in The Origin and Nature of Language and Logic: Perspectives in Medieval Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Thought, Nadja Germann & Steven Harvey (eds.), Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 193–210. (Scholar)
  • El-Fekkak, Badr, 2017, “Cosmic, Corporeal and Civil Regencies: al-Farabi’s anti-Galenic Defence of Hierarchical Cardiocentrism,” in Philosophy and Medicine in the Formative Period of Islam, Peter Adamson & Peter E. Pormann (eds.), London: The Warburg Institute, pp. 255–68. (Scholar)
  • Freudenthal, Gad, 1988, “La philosophie de la géométrie d’al-Fârâbî. Son commentaire sur le début du Ier et le début du Ve livre des Éléments d’Euclide”, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 11: 104–219. (Scholar)
  • Galston, Miriam, 2019, “The Origin of the Primary Principles: The Role of Nature and Experience,” in The Pilgrimage of Philosophy, Rene M. Paddags, Waseem El-Rayes & Gregory A. McGrayer (eds.), South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, pp. 114–35. (Scholar)
  • Genequand, Charles, 2012, “Théologie et philosophie. La providence chez al-Fârâbî et l’authenticité de l’Harmonie des opinions des deux sages”, Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph, 64: 195–211. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2013, “Le Platon d’al-Fârâbî”, in Lire les dialogues, mais lesquels et dans quel ordre? Définitions du corpus et interprétations de Platon, A. Balansard & I. Koch (eds.), Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, pp. 105–15. (Scholar)
  • Germann, Nadja, 2015–16, “Imitation–Ambiguity–Discourse: Some Remarks on al–Farabi’s Philosophy of Language,” Melanges de l’Universite Saint–Joseph, 66: 135–66. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015, “Logic as the Path to Happiness: Al-Farabi and the Divisions of the Sciences,” Quaestio, 15: 15–30. (Scholar)
  • Gutas, Dimitri, 2012 “Platon: Tradition arabe”, in Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques, vol. V-b, Richard Goulet (ed.), Paris: CNRS, pp. 854–63. (Scholar)
  • Jabbour, Jawdath, 2018, “La structure du Contre Galien de Farabi et son epitre sur la medicine,” Documenti e Studi, 29: 89–123. (Scholar)
  • Janos, Damien, 2012, Method, Structure, and Development in al-Fârâbî’s Cosmology, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2017, “Al-Farabi’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 & Sabine Schmidtke (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 101–28. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2019, “The Role of Developmentalism in the Study of Arabic Philosophy: Overview and Some Methodological Insights,” in La Philosophie arabe a l’etude. Sens, limites et defis d’une discipline modern (Studying Arabic Philosophy: Meaning, Limits, and Challenges of a Modern Discipline), Jean-Baptiste Brenet & Olga Lizzini (eds.), Paris: Vrin, pp. 113–78. (Scholar)
  • Karimullah, Kamran, 2014, “Alfarabi on Conditionals”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 24(2): 211–67. (Scholar)
  • Kleven, Terrence F., 2013, “Alfarabi’s Commentary on Porphyry’s Isagoge (Kitab Isaguji),” Schede Medievali, 51: 41–52. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2019, “Alfarabi’s Account of Poetry as a Logical Art in A Treatise on the Cannons of the Art of Poetry,” in The Pilgrimage of Philosophy, Rene M. Paddags, Waseem El-Rayes & Gregory A. McGrayer (eds.), South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, pp. 136–52. (Scholar)
  • Lameer, Joep, 1994, Al-Fârâbî & Aristotelian Syllogistics: Greek Theory & Islamic Practice, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Lettinck, Paul, 1994, Aristotle’s Physics and its Reception in the Arabic World, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Madian, Azza Abd al-Hamid, 1992, Language-music relationships in al-Fârâbî’s “Grand Book of Music”, Ph.D. dissertation for Cornell University. (Scholar)
  • Mattila, Janne, 2017, “The Ethical Progression of the Philosopher in al-Razi and al-Farabi,” Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 27(1): 115–37. (Scholar)
  • Menn, Stephen, 2008, “Al-Fârâbî’s Kitâb al-Hurûf and his analysis of the Senses of Being”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 18(1): 59–97. (Scholar)
  • Orwin, Alexander, 2017, Redifining the Muslim Community: Ethnicoity, Religion, and Politics in the Thought of Alfarabi, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Scholar)
  • Parens, Joshua, 1995, Metaphysics as Rhetoric: Alfarabi’s “Summary of Plato’s ‘Laws’”, Albany, NY: SUNY Press. (Scholar)
  • Rashed, Marwan, 2009, “On the Authorship of the Treatise On the Harmonization of the Opinions of the Two Sages Attributed to al-Fârâbî”, Arabic Sciences & Philosophy, 19(1): 43–82. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2019, “Al-Farabi et le parachevement de l’Ethique a Nicomaque,” in Ethike Theoria, F. Masi, St. Maso & C. Viano (eds.), Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, pp. 301–38. (Scholar)
  • Reisman, David C., 2004, “Plato’s Republic in Arabic: A Newly Discovered Passage”, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 14(2): 263–300. (Scholar)
  • Rudolph, Ulrich, 2017, “Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî”, in Philosophy in the Islamic World, (Volume 1: 8th-–10th Centuries), Ulrich Rudolph, Rotraud Hansberger & Peter Adamson (eds.), Leiden: Brill, pp. 526–654. (Scholar)
  • Shehadi, Fadlou, 1995, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Taylor, Richard C., 2006, “Abstraction in al-Fârâbî”, Proceedings of the American Catholic Association, 80: 151–68 (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010, “The Agent Intellect as ”Form for Us“ and Averroes’s Critique of al-Fârâbî”, in Universal Representation and the Ontology of Individuation, Gyula Klima & Alexander W. Hall (eds.), Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , pp. 25–44. (Scholar)
  • Strobino, Riccardo, 2019, “Varieties of Demonstration in Alfarabi,” History & Philosophy of Logic, 40(1): 22–41. (Scholar)
  • Thomann, Johannes, 2010–11, “Ein al-Fârâbî zugeschriebener Kommentar zum Almagest (Ms. Tehran Maglis 6531)”, Zeitschrift für Geschichte der arabisch-islamischen Wissenschaften, 19: 35–76. (Scholar)
  • Vallat, Philippe, 2004: Farabi et l’École d’Alexandrie. Des prémisses de la connaissance à la philosophie politique, Paris: Vrin. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2019a, “L’intellect selon Farabi. La transformation du connaitre en etre,” in Noetique et theorie de la connaissance dans la philosophie arabe du IXe au XIIe siècle, Meryem Sebti & Daniel De Smet (eds.), Paris: Vrin, pp. 211–41.
  • –––, 2019b, “Le Livre del’Un et de l’Unite de Farabi: l’invention persane de la doctrine des transcendantaux,” in Commenter au Moyen Age, Pascale Bermon & Isabelle Moulin, Paris: Vrin, pp. 211–41. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2019c, “L’esoterisme de Farabi explique par lui-meme: nature et fonctions,” in La philosophie arabe a l’etude, J.-B. Brent & O. Lizzini (eds.), Paris: Vrin, pp. 545–611.
  • Watt, John, 2008, “Al-Farabi and the History of the Syriac Organon”, in Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone (Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies), George Anton Kiraz (ed.), Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, pp. 751–78. Reprinted separately in 2009, (Analecta Gorgiana 129), Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. (Scholar)
  • Woerther, Frederique, 2018, “Al-Farabi commentateur d’Aristote dans les Didascalia in Rethoricam Aristotelis ex glosa Alpharabii,” in Commenting on Aristotle’s Rhetoric from Antiquity to the Present, F. Woerther (ed.), Leiden: Brill, pp. 41–63. (Scholar)
  • Zonta, Mauro, 2006, “Al-Fârâbî’s Long Commentary on Aristotle’s Categories in Hebrew and Arabic. A Critical Edition and English Translation of the Newly-found Fragments”, in Studies in Arabic and Islamic Culture, II, B. Abrahamov (ed.), Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press , pp. 185–254. (Scholar)

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