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Alfarabi and the foundation of Islamic political philosophy

Author: Muhsin Mahdi; Charles E Butterworth
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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"In this work, Muhsin Mahdi distills more than four decades of research to offer an authoritative analysis of the work of Alfarabi, the founder of Islamic political philosophy. Mahdi, whose research brought to light writings of Alfarabi previously known only through medieval bibliographical references, presents this great thinker as his contemporaries and followers would have seen him: as a philosopher who sought to  Read more...
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Named Person: Fārābī; Fārābī.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Muhsin Mahdi; Charles E Butterworth
ISBN: 0226501868 9780226501864 0226501876 9780226501871
OCLC Number: 636068170
Description: xvii, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Muhsin S. Mahdi ; with a foreword by Charles E. Butterworth.

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