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This publication is an try to current to the overall reader the lifestyles and works of Avicenna, or Ibn Sina, who's past doubt the main provocative determine within the historical past of idea within the East. it isn't a defence of him and his process, 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 kind of feels top 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 head to head. he's for this reason of greater than historic curiosity. His perspective might be of steerage 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 clinical with non secular values.

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346. Cf. Tabari: The Reign ofal-Mu'tasim, trans. Marin, pp. 85-107. Cf. Zain al-Akhbar, edit. Nazim. Cf. Barthold: Zur Geschichte der SafariJen, Noldeke Festschrift. 40 PERSIA IN THE TENTH CENTURY flooded with the waters of the Tigris; a considerable part of his helplessly; and he had to retreat to Gundishapur, where he died, unrepentant, in 879. When his brother and successor was finally defeated by the Samanids in 900, the dynasty practically ceased to exist. It had nevertheless succeeded in reviving the national feeling that had languished for so long; and had helped to detach permanently the history of Persia from that of the 'Abbasids of Baghdad.

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. al-Saada. 3 32 IJisa al-ulum, edit. Amin. INTRODUCTION and widely used in mediaeval traced his influence upon Europe; and various scholars have on music1 Scholasticism. His treatise has been called the most important Oriental work on the theory And yet in spite of many modern attempts, it seems difficult to arrive at a proper general estimation of his contribu- of that art.

The Saffarids, name to 'King's English/ remembered that they were of patriotism was confined to political on the other hand, being of Persian it is origin were more attached to the language of their forefathers. ' 3 Evidently in the early stages of its emergence, the vernacular that had suffered such long and rigid suppression was not in a very happy state. The cradle of this vigorous national rebirth was in fact the court of the Samanids; and its rapid growth owes much to their tender care and encouragement.

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