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Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ

Overview
Works: 301 works in 797 publications in 8 languages and 6,755 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Other, Editor
Classifications: B745.C6, 113.0917671
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Muslim neoplatonists : an introduction to the thought of the Brethren of Purity, Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ by Ian Richard Netton( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tenth or eleventh century group of the Brethren of Purity (Ikhwan al Safa) are as well known in the Arab world as Darwin, Marx and Freud in the west. Designed as an introduction to their ideas, this book concentrates on the Brethren's writings, analyzing the impact on them of thinkers such as Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and the Neoplatonists. Ian Netton traces the influences of Judaism and Christianity, and controversially this book argues that the Brethren of Purity did not belong to the Ismaili branch of Islam as is generally believed
The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a tenth-century ecological fable of the Pure Brethren of Basra by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 22 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 present volume is the first of this definitive series consisting of the very first critical edition of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' in its original Arabic, with a complete, fully annotated English translation. This epistle, The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn (Epistle 22), prepared by Professors Lenn E. Goodman and Richard McGregor, is arguably the best known, on account of its prominent ecological fable, which casts the exploited and oppressed animals pursuing a case against humanity." --Book Jacket
On magic : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 52a by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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'. -- Publisher description
On arithmetic and geometry : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 1-2 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Die Lehre von der Weltseele bei den Arabern im x. Jahrhundert by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

13 editions published between 1872 and 1999 in German and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traduction des traités 31 à 40 du " Rasail Ikhwan al-Safa", encyclopédie des Frères de la Pureté, datant du 10e siècle
Thier und Mensch vor dem König der Genien. Ein arabisches Märcen aus den Schriften der Lautern Brüdern in Basra by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

16 editions published between 1879 and 1969 in Arabic and German and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Astronomia : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 3 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity' is an encyclopedic compendium, probably composed in tenth-century Iraq by a society of adepts with Platonic, Pythagorean, and Shi'i tendencies. Its 52 sections ('epistles') are divided into four parts (Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, and Theology). The current volume provides an edition, translation, and notes to Epistle 3 ('On Astronomia'), which forms one of the 14 sections on Mathematics. The content is a mixture of elementary astronomy and astrology, but it is not a beginner's textbook. Rather, the purpose is to use examples from those disciplines to provide spiritual, moral, and soteriological guidance. Thus the Epistle uses the argument from design to show the necessity for a Creator who made the harmonious universe; this wondrous design is then employed by the authors as a model, providing humans with a paradigm for proper ethical, political, and even economic conduct; and the study of Astronomia helps the soul achieve ultimate happiness as it seeks to throw off the shackles of this mundane world and oppressive body in favour of the purity of the celestial realm.0Although by no means typical of Islamic astronomical literature, Epistle 3 of the Brethren of Purity gives a window into a fascinating and intriguing group operating during the early period of Islam who sought to continue and adopt one of the esoteric strands of Hellenistic philosophy within an Islamic context, meshing astronomy, astrology, Platonic-Pythagorean philosophy, Quranic and Biblical quotations, and anecdotes from the lives of the Abrahamic prophets
The epistle on music of the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ : (Bagdad, 10th century) by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igeret baʻale ḥayim : nikhtav beʻarvit ṿe-nitargem be-shinuyim ḳalim ʻal yede Ḳalonimos ben Ḳalonimos by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

35 editions published between 1557 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Abhandlungen der Ichwân es-safâ in Auswahl by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

12 editions published between 1886 and 1969 in Arabic and German and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Geography : an Arabic edition and English translation of Epistle 4 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and Arabic and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rasāʼil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ wa-khullān al-wafāʼ by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

9 editions published between 1551 and 1995 in Arabic and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First thirteen epistles of the First part of the Rasāʼil Ikhwān al-ṣafāʼ, along with Epistle 8 and 9 of the Fourth part. The work is attributed to al-Majrīṭī in a note on the margin of fol. 7a
Die Naturanschauung und Naturphilosophie der Araber im X. Jahrhundert by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

4 editions published in 1876 in German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mensch und Tier vor dem König der Dschinnen : aus den Schriften der Lauteren Brüder von Basra by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Islamic cosmological doctrines; conceptions of nature and methods used for its study by the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ, al-Bīrūnī, and Ibn Sīnā by Seyyed Hossein Nasr( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the only book to deal with classical Islamic cosmology as it was formulated by the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina during the tenth and eleventh centuries. These figures influenced all the later centuries of Islamic history and in fact created the cosmological framework within which all later scientific activity in the Islamic world was carried out--the enduring image of the cosmos within which Muslims have lived during the past millennium. Nasr writes from within the Islamic tradition and demonstrates how, based on the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet, the figures treated in this work integrated elements drawn from various ancient schools of philosophy and the sciences. This book is unique in its treatment of classical Islamic cosmology as seen from within the Islamic world-view and provides a key for understanding of traditional Islamic thought. -- Back cover
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : On the natural sciences : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of epistles 15-21 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first critical edition of Epistles 15-21 of the Brethren of Purity, which explore the natural sciences and correspond to Aristotle's great works on philosophy of nature. Along with Epistle 22, "On Animals," Epistles 15-21 correspond to the corpus of Aristotle's great works on the philosophy of nature: Physica, De caelo, De generatione et corruption, and Meteorologica I-III. Meteorologica IV may correspond to Epistle 19 "On Minerals" (though no such Aristotelian work has reached us), and Epistle 21 is a reminder of the works on plants written by Theophrastus, Aristotle's pupil, and onwards. Epistle 20, "On the Quiddity of Nature," is an exposition of Aristotelian doctrines, as well as of those of Neoplatonic origin; it opens the angelologic tradition, whose main representatives in Islamic philosophy were Ibn Sina (d. 1037) and Suhrawardi (d. 1191). Besides providing the necessary references to the works by Aristotle and other Greek authors, this book deals with various doctrines of Ismaili origin echoed in the treatises, foremost of which is the hierarchical representation of the three natural kingdoms, which corresponds to the hierarchy of human beings. The basis of human salvation is here seen in the relation between divine Artisan and human artisan, both of whom accomplish their works by actualizing their knowledge. As is known, although moral behaviour is one necessary condition, salvation cannot be reached without a thorough knowledge of the sciences described in the encyclopaedia
On logic : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 10-14 by Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Philosophisches aus dem zehnten Jahrhundert : ein Beitrag zur Literaturgeschichte der Mohamedaner und Juden by Leopold Dukes( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 22
Alternative Names
Aḥim ha-ne ʼemanim

Aḥim ha-neʾemanim

Bratia čistoty

Brethren of Purity

Brethren of Purity Medieval Persian mathematician

Brethren of Sincerity

Brüder der Reinheit

Die lauteren Brüder

Die Lauteren Brüder von Basra

die Lauteren Brueder

Exvān al-Ṣafā'

Fraires de la Puretat filosòfs musulmans a Bassòra, Iraq, al sègle X

Fratelli della purità

Frères de la pureté

Frères de la sagesse

Frères de la sagesse Bassora, Irak

Frères de la sincérité

Frères de la sincérité Bassora, Irak

Germans de la Puresa

Hermanos de la Pureza

Ichwån as-Safå

Ichwân es-Safâ

Ichwan-oos-suffa

İhvan-ı Safa

Ihvanus-Safa

Iẖwān al-Ṣafā'

Iḫwān al-Ṣafā’ Bassora, Irak

Iḫwān aṣ-ṣafāʾ

Iḫwān aṣ-Ṣafā’ Bassora, Irak

Ijwan al-Ṣafāʾ

Ikhvān al-ṣafā

Ikhvan as-safa

Iḵh̲wān al-Ṣafā

Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ, Basra

Ikhwān al Ṣafā’ Bassora, Irak

Ikhwān al-Ṣafā, wa-Khillān al-Wafā, wa-Ahl al-ʿAdl, wa-Abnāʾ al-Ḥamd

Ikhwān aṣ-Ṣafā'

Ikhwan As-Shafa

Iskrena braća

Lautere Brüder

Lautere Brüder Bassora, Irak

Lautere Brüder von Basra

lauteren Brüder

Les Frères de la Pureté

Pure Brethren of Basra

Sincere Brethren

The Brethren of Purity

The Brethren of Sincerity

Treue Brüder

Братья чистоты

Искрена браћа

Ихуан әс-Сафа

האחים הטהורים

اخوان الصفا

إخوان الصفا، و خلان الوفا، و أهل العدل، و أبناء الحمد

اخوان الصفاء

إخوان الصفاء، البصرة

إخوان الصفاء البصرة، العراق

اخوان صفا

اخوان‌الصفا

ইখওয়ান আল সাফা

精誠兄弟會

Languages
English (73)

Arabic (54)

German (41)

Hebrew (28)

French (14)

Yiddish (4)

Ladino (2)

Persian (1)

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The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 22On logic : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 10-14Epistles of the Brethren of Purity : the Ikhwan al-Safa' and their Rasa'il : an introductionIkhwan al-Safa' : a brotherhood of idealists on the fringe of orthodox IslamOn logic : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistles 10-14Muslim neoplatonists : an introduction to the thought of the Brethren of Purity, Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ