Subscribe · Contact us; Quick links The Ikhwan al-Safa’ (Brethren of Purity) were the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia, the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). Rasa’il-e-Ikhwan-us Safa (Epistles of Brethren of Purity) have been considered an encyclopaedic work of 3rd or 4th century of Islam. This work consists of The name Ikhwan al‑Safa was assumed by a group of libres penseum who cultivated .. The Ikhwan al‑Safa supplied us with data which enable us to construct.

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Since ikhawn orthodox circles and the ruling power had portrayed a wrong image of Ismailism, the names of the compilers were concealed. The main lines of research in this field were resumed in Kraemer— Greek sources Arabic and Islamic Philosophy, special topics in: References for the various sciences are, generally identifiable: This is the greater resurrection: When an individual soul is caused to fall, it may be lucky enough to realize its mistake and repent readily.

Ikhwanus Safa: A Rational and Liberal Approach to Islam by Asghar Ali Engineer – the Ismaili Web

In the same spirit, they declared also that the sun and the stars are neither hot nor cold. Festschrift fur Miklos Maroth zum siebzigsten GuburtstagBudapest: Weight, they say, is nothing but the mutual attraction and mutual repulsion in the face of resistance.

In contrast to Baffioni—, Heck— seems to side with Netton’s reading of the intellect-guide in terms of a rational intellect. It is subdivided into three powers: This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat The movement of the planets was explained by the rotation of the outer sphere clockwise: He is the governor of all governors; in him has God united the elements of kingship and prophethood, so that his followers may enjoy the worldly as well as the spiritual glories.


Euclid, Nicomachus and sometimes even Archimedes for mathematical tenets Epistles 1, 2 and 6 ; Ptolemy supports astronomy and geography Epistles 3 and 4 ; the Pythagoreans and again Nicomachus are the sources for musical theory Epistles 5 and 6.

All the stars are luminous except the moon which receives its light from the sun. In these meetings, which were held once every twelve days and were restricted to the members and followers of the group, subjects of metaphysical and esoteric nature were discussed.

Paradise, on the other hand, is the vast space of heaven, where the righteous souls float in an infinite spread of light in perpetuance and immortality, in a state of happiness and grace. Skip to main content. As to the date, in the 19 th century F. W hile there are lots of interesting details, like the aberrant planetary metals listing, what is more ikhwann about the epistles of the Ikhwan al-safa is the glimpse into a world different from that of the modern magic user or ikgwan the Solomonic grimoires of the later Middle Ages and early modern periods.

Chapter 15: Ikhwan al-Safa

Soon a tortoise and gazelle also join the company of animals. All planets, beginning with the farthest one, Saturn, influence the incubation of the soul turn by turn for a whole lunar month. Shari’ah or namusfrom the Greek word: The body is only the workshop of the soul, a temporary house, a shell, a mount necessary for a journey.


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While the Prophet Muhammad was both prophet and ruler of the Muslim ummaso ensuring its best defence, his possible successors did not always match him in nobility. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In iohwan of the commixtion of Aristotelian and Neoplatonic ideas — e.

Twofold in the Creation The process of creation is divided twofold: Accademia nazionale dei Lincei, pp. This is a good example of how they adapted Pythagorean theories to their fundamental belief in a hierarchical world.

Knowledge is the abstraction of the knowable in the soul of the knower through the aid of a teacher. Their inattention caused the fall of the souls into the physical earth. Aristotle was also of this opinion. It is in this complex pre-Fatimid period that Jabir ibn Hayyan d.

We are concerned with the soul assigned to a man which is the least unlucky of all the falling souls. A science which does not lead to happiness in the hereafter is useless. Epistle 17 deals with De generatione and corruptione.