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 gift of speech and presented as subjects with views and interests of their own. Over the course of the hearing they rebuke and criticise human weakness, deny man's superiority, and make powerful demands for greater justice and respect for animals. This sophisticated moral allegory combines elements of satire with a thought-provoking thesis on animal welfare. Goodman and McGregory accompany their translation with an introduction and annotations that explore the rich historical and cultural context to the work.
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Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Richard McGregor is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University.
"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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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria SONG0199580162
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Descrizione libro OUP in association with the In, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110199580162
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 22, Lenn E Goodman, Richard McGregor, Nader El-Bizri, 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. The present volume is the first of this definitive series consisting of the very first critical edition of the Rasa' il 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 mankind. Perhaps yet more relevant in modern times, the Ikhwan demonstrate the arrogance of man's claim to superiority, in contrast to the animals' pious understanding of their respective roles within nature. The fable complements and expands upon the short exposition on zoology featured at the beginning of the epistle. Codice libro della libreria B9780199580163
Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. bilingual edition. 389 pages. 9.75x6.50x1.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria __0199580162
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Oxford University Press, 2010. 696p. Hardback. Series: Epistles of the Brethren of Purity. The value of this beautifully produced book is enhanced considerably by the very full and erudite annotation that accompanies [it]. Geert Jan Van Gelder, Times Literary Supplement 05/11/2010 (Publisher's information). Condition: New. Codice libro della libreria 39345
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Bilingual. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0199580162
Descrizione libro OUP in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria INGM9780199580163
Descrizione libro OUP in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0199580162