Ikhwan al-Safa': A Brotherhood of Idealists on the Fringe of Orthodox Islam (Makers of the Muslim World)
By: Godefroid de Callatay (author)Hardback
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The Ikhwan Al- Safa' or Brethren of Purity were a highly secretive group of tenth-century Shi'ite thinkers, their identities remaining unclear even today. Renowned for creating the legendary Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa, an encyclopedia of philosophical sciences, they proposed a coherent intellectual system that sought to reconcile human reasoning with prophetic revelation. This fascinating survey provides a clear, objective and innovative introduction to the Brethren of Purity and their encyclopedic project, showing its critical place in the history of Arabic science, philosophy and literature.
Author Godefroid de Callatay is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Louvain.
Introduction Chapter I: Esotericism Chapter II: Emanationism Chapter III: Millenarianism Chapter IV: Encyclopaedism Chapter V: Syncretism Chapter VI: Idealism Epilogue
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