Allegory and Philosophy in Avicenna (Ibn Sina): With a by Peter Heath

By Peter Heath

Islamic allegory is the manufactured from a cohesive literary culture to which few contributed as considerably as Ibn Sina (Avicenna), the eleventh-century Muslim thinker. Peter Heath right here deals an in depth exam of Avicenna's contribution, paying certain cognizance to Avicenna's psychology and poetics and to the ways that they inspired traces of theological, mystical, and literary suggestion in next Islamic—and Western—intellectual and non secular history.

Heath starts off by means of displaying how Avicenna's writings healthy into the context and normal historical past of Islamic allegory and explores the interplay between allegory, allegoresis, and philosophy in Avicenna's idea. He then presents a quick creation to Avicenna as an ancient determine. From there, he examines the ways that Avicenna's cosmological, mental, and epistemological theories locate parallel, if assorted, expression within the disparate codecs of philosophical and allegorical narration. incorporated during this booklet is a demonstration of Avicenna's allegorical perform. This takes the shape of a translation of the Mi'raj Nama (The publication of the Prophet Muhammad's Ascent to Heaven), a quick treatise in Persian in most cases attributed to Avicenna.

The textual content concludes with an research of the literary size Avicenna's allegorical conception and perform through studying his use of description metaphor. Allegory and Philosophy in Avicenna is an unique and significant paintings that breaks new floor through utilizing the suggestions of contemporary literary feedback to the examine of Medieval Islamic philosophy. it will likely be of curiosity to students and scholars of medieval Islamic and Western literature and philosophy.

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Given the enormous expanse of the empire, central control from Baghdad was unwieldy at best, and it was not long before it became politically unfeasible as well. The governing families of provinces far from the capital (Aghlabids in Ifriqiya, Tulunids in Egypt, Tahirids in Khurasan) naturally wished to achieve the greatest possible freedom of action, and they strove toward a state in which they loyally acknowledged the theoretical authority of the Caliph but kept real military and economic power in their own hands.

Approaches to the History of the Interpretation of the QurJan (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988); and Y. Goldfeld, "The Development of Theory on Qur'anic Exegesis in Islamic Scholarship," Studia Islamica 67 (1988) 5-27. 17, For brief discussions of this problem in regard to other critical terms, see on "romance," Peter Heath, "Romance as Genre in The Thousand and One Nights," two parts, JAL 18 (1987) 1-21; JAL 19 (1988) 1-16, esp. I: 8-10; and on "courtly love," Meisami, Medieval Persian Court Poetry, ix-x.

13-67; see as well the sources cited in note 23 above; more generally, note Jonathan Rec's discussion of Descartes's contradictory remarks concerning fables or the topos of "metaphysical fictions" in modern philosophy in PhilosophicalTales:An Essayon Philosophyand Literature (London and New York: Methuen, 1987) pp. 12 and 45-55 respectively. LlSTAN)Ghazna GHUR j. '/ ZAMINDAVAR Qand~har zara~ • Kirrnan a : • o km I it .. Sfbt. Qusdar e 300 ' miles SiSTAN •SirajanKIRMAN 9{ f, 200 eKabul Avicenna: Courtier, Physician, Philosopher 2.

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