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By Aziz Al-Azmeh

ISBN-10: 0415830729

ISBN-13: 9780415830720

It is a research of the constitution and composition of the legitimate studying present in medieval Arabic tradition. This includes average sciences either exoteric and esoteric (medicine, alchemy, astrology and others), conventional and spiritual sciences (such as theology, exegesis and grammar), philosophical sciences akin to metaphysics and ethics, as well as technical disciplines like political thought and medication, and different fields of highbrow endeavour.
The booklet identifies and develops a couple of conceptual parts universal to some of the components of legitimate Arabic medical discourse, and indicates how those components combine those disparate sciences into an historic epistemic team spirit. the categorical profile of every of those diversified sciences is defined, when it comes to its conceptual content material, yet particularly with regards to its old situations. those are obvious to be embodied in a couple of institutional helps, either highbrow and social: paradigms, faculties of suggestion, associations of studying, pedagogic innovations, and a physique of pros, all of which mix to shape sure, albeit ever renewed, traditions of studying. ultimately, an try out is made to narrate Arabic clinical wisdom within the heart a long time to styles of clinical and political authority.

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Y3The Baghdadian philosopher Abul-Hasan a l - ' ~ m i r i(d. y4 Simple bodies are not only the starting point of a composite, but are its very principle of composition, forming its essential constitution in addition to being its constituents. '^' This is where Arabic thought located the difference between the general and the whole. e. the general. Iw Our arithmetical notion of the composite still holds if we test it by giving consideration to the difference between the notion of combination (tarkib) and mere composition (ta'lifi, the more obviously 'arithmetical' and the more thoroughly associative.

Each of these elements, along with their qualities and because of them, has natural locations. Earth is absolutely heavy and thus moves naturally towards the centre of the world, 'downwards', whereas fire is absolutely light and consequently moves upwards towards the inner surface of the lunar sphere. As for water, it is relatively heavy, and its natural location is between earth and air, which is naturally located above water and below fire, being relatively light. '" BBaqillini's criticism would have been far more devastating than it in fact is had the views he criticised been as fully literal and naturalistic as he claimed or assumed.

77 Sawiyya-nature, both as an intrinsic matter and as the result of external causality is the ground and base, and artifice the derivative and dependent. These are the terms in which the anteriority of beduinism over civilisation, in Ibn Khaldun, is made an anteriority of nature: the Arabs, Ibn Khaldun declared, are a natural people, and thus indispensable for the unfolding of history," just as objects which satisfy need are natural, and supererogatory objects artificial. 79 In the same way, agriculture is anterior to craftsmanship, and this in turn is anterior to commerce, for ~ much along the same line of thought, Ibn it has natural p r i ~ r i t y .

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