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A very important source for the history of Arabic and Arabic literature. It also contains a great deal of information about Syriac and Syriac. bibliography of its time, the Fihrist al-Ulum–“The Index (or catalog) of the Sciences. full name, Abu al-Faraj Muhammad ibn Abi Ya’qub Ishaq al-Nadim. The Fihrist of al-Nadīm. A Tenth-century survey of Muslim culture. Bayard Dodge Mālik ibn Anas — 2. Abū Ḥanīfah — 3. Al-Shāfi’ī — 4. Dā’ūd ibn ‘Alī — 5.

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Certain details of the cosmogony are also not to be found in such detail in any other textual source, e. The physician Ibn Abi Usaibia d. Voruntersuchungen und QuellenBerlin,pp.

This is due less to the difficulty of correctly preserving personal names and historical events than to the fact that there was no canonical account of the life of the prophet. An understanding of these four chronological principles helps to interpret the work and the ideas behind it.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But, in fact, the two are to be separated thus correctly tr. Perhaps it was the first draft and the longer edition which is the one that is generally printed was an extension.

Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Religionsgeschichte des Orients, I: Then we have books of wisdom and admonition by the Persians and others, including many examples of Persian andarz literature, e. Some information about the sources of the Fehrest may be extracted from the book itself. Compare the Stichometry of Nicephorus. Two differing versions of the liberation of the primal man from the power of darkness are given one after the other: The Fihrist testifies to the great wealth of knowledge disseminated in the literature of the Islamic Golden Ageranging in breadth, historically and geographically, from the modern to the ancient civilisations of SyriaGreeceIndiaRome and Persia.


Ibn al-Nadim – Wikipedia

The claim that al-Nadim was Isma’ilion the grounds that he met an Isma’ili leader and attended a meeting, is not borne out. Text editions and translations. Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. The Fehrestintended to be a catalogue including all books, lecture notebooks, papers, etc. An Annotated BibliographyPittsburgh, Pa.

On the other hand, one can prove that he followed at least one Arabic source extensively. Ibn al-Nadim often mentions the size of a book and the number of pages, so that buyers would not be cheated by copyists passing off shorter versions. Al-Fihrist evidences Al-Nadim’s voracious thirst and curiosity for all forms of knowledge and learning, and captures a glimpse into an exciting sophisticated milieu of Baghdad’s intellectual elite.

In the opening section he deals with the alphabets of 14 peoples and their manner of writing and also with the writing-pen, paper and its different varieties. The Fehrest is the only account to mention that the revelation of his spiritual twin occurred with the completion of his 12th year cf. Elchasaios Sundermann,pp.

FEHREST – Encyclopaedia Iranica

naxim Vajda in the bibliography. Kitab al-Kimya Kitab al-Sab’een Picatrix. From there, he was acquainted with the Manichean script and cf. The first six of them are detailed bibliographies of books on Islamic subjects:. Brockelmann, GAL I, p.

Zieme in Sundermann,p.

The Ash’arites being called al-Mujbiraharsh criticism of Sab’iyya doctrine and history, and an allusion to a certain Shafi’i scholar as a ‘secret Twelver’, suggest in possible Twelver religious affiliation. Houtsma, ; Beirut, Curiously he left out Mazdaism altogether, although his discussion of Old Iranian writings shows that he was familiar with Mazdakite sources. The Fihrist was published in ; it exists naxim two manuscript traditions, or “editions”: Presentation of the teachings.


He refers often to copies written by famous calligraphers, to bibliophiles and libraries, and speaks of a book auction and of the trade in books.

Polotsky and Schmidt, p.

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Over a long period he noted thousands of authors, their biographical data, and works, gathered from his regular visits to private book collectors and libraries across the region – including,Mosul, and Damascus – and through active participation in the lively literary scene of Nadi, in andim period.

Was the author of the Fehrest in Constantinople in A. It was easier for the author to report objectively, unpolemically, and to the best of his knowledge on a foreign, often persecuted, religion which had almost disappeared.

The high reliability of the account can be demonstrated in several ways. The account in the Fehrest is the most extensive, varied, and reliable non-Manichean description of Mani and his teachings, and it is of the highest value for research on Manicheism even after the discovery of numerous Manichean original sources. Occasionally a list is dedicated to publications on a particular theme, as for example the literature on Koranic exegesis ibid.

Each discourse begins with a general introductory survey, as on the early stages of Arabic grammar ibid. Al-Nadim, with the other calligrapher scribes employed, would then copy these for the customers.

Instead its parts were constantly re-arranged, enlarged and corrupted by the following generations. It is unlikely that he used additional Modern and Middle Persian and Aramaic texts.