A Brotherhood of Idealists on the Fringe of Orthodox IslameBook - 2005
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.
Publisher: Oxford, England : Oneworld, Ă2005
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 122 pages)