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The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a translation from the Epistles of the brethren of purity

Author: Richard J A McGregor; Lenn Evan Goodman; Institute of Ismaili Studies.; Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012.
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This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploited and oppressed animals pursue a case against humanity. They are granted the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J A McGregor; Lenn Evan Goodman; Institute of Ismaili Studies.; Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
ISBN: 9780199642519 0199642516
OCLC Number: 754167895
Language Note: Text in Arabic with an English translation.
Notes: Originally published: 2009.
Description: xvi, 389 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword ; Introduction ; Technical Introduction ; Epistle 22: The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn ; Appendix A: Authorities Cited ; Appendix B: Geographical Regions ; Appendix C: Iranian Kings and Heroes ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: translated by Lenn E. Goodman and Richard McGregor ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri.

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This is a new English translation of a classic work of medieval Islamic learning. In this rich allegorical fable the animals pursue a case against humanity. They rebuke and criticise human weakness,  Read more...

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The language of the translation is lively.... The work raises high expectations for future editions of the remaining epistles. * Philosophy in Review *

 
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