Background Texts

William C. Chittick

in The Heart of Islamic Philosophy

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139136
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834075 | DOI:
Background Texts

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Bâbâ Afdal drew inspiration both from Greek writings in Arabic and from the writings of various Muslim thinkers. This chapter provides excerpts from his Persian translations of the pseudo‐Aristotelian Liber de Pomo, Aristotles’ De anima, and the Hermetic Fountain of Life. Also included is a full translation of his abridgement of Ghazâlî's introduction to Kîmiyâ‐yi sa`âdat (The Alchemy of Felicity), which provides a straightforward introduction to basic philosophico‐religious concepts such as soul, spirit, heart, body, God, this world, and the next world.

Keywords: afterlife; Aristotle; De Anima; Ghazâlî; heart; Hermes; Kimiya‐yi sa adat; Liber de Pomo

Chapter.  13611 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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