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By Soheil Muhsin Afnan

This booklet is an try and current to the overall reader the existence and works of Avicenna, or Ibn Sina, who's past doubt the main provocative determine within the background of notion within the East. it's not a defence of him and his procedure, nor a critique of his philosophy. in the course of his lifetime he used to be intentionally scornful of defenders and critics alike; he couldn't imagine best of them now thousand years have passed by. along with his place amply justified, and after that prolonged interval while his identify held on the lips of physicians and philosophers from the borders of China to the cloisters of mediaeval Paris and Oxford, it sort of feels most sensible to permit him converse for himself. it's been emphasised that the issues he was once faced with resulted from the conflicting disciplines of 2 separate cultures introduced nose to nose. he's consequently of greater than ancient curiosity. His perspective may be of steering to these within the East who're assembly the problem of Western civilization; and to these within the West who've but to discover a foundation on which to harmonize medical with non secular values.

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This is an administration. idea is interesting point that has not been noted so far. The qualifications of the head of the Virtuous City, he calls the Imam, are described along the lines of those required for Plato's philosopher- whom king. ' and Imam all is to be taught 'by intelligibles, methods of persuasion and The terms philosopher, first head, king, mean the same because they represent lawgiver different functions of the same individual. Farabf s * * classification Cf. of the sciences3 was translated into Latin Madkour: La Place Tafifil d'al-Farabi.

5 His terminology is even more rich than that of his predecessor; and he coined certain terms from pure Persian roots that can be profitably used today. (The time has now come when the Persians must develop a philosophical language of their own. ) 1 Cf. L. , i, p. 378. 3 Baihaqi: Tatimmat . , p. 13. Cf. L. Supp. y i, p. 413. 3 4 5 Safar-Nameh. 55 Cf. Zdd et-Musaferin. AVICENNA No account of this creative period is complete without a reference to the chief ministers at the court of the various rulers who competed with one another in literary accomplishment, and in their patronage of men of letters.

A. J. Arberry. 4 Fihrist Cf. QazvTni: Abu Sulaimdn Manfiqi SidjistanL y p. 241. 3 . , edit. Kraus. 35 AVICENNA philosophical questions to him 'by the hundred/ Practically all of his works have perished. We know that he was the author of a compilation of biographical notes 1 on Greek philosophers; and extracts some from have survived in a this work later that provides useful information. 2 we exclude Razi as primarily a physician, Sajistani may be considered the most distinguished thinker between Farabi and If Avicenna.

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