The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a translation from the Epistles of the brethren of purity /

This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad. In t...

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Corporate Authors: Institute of Ismaili Studies., Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.
Other Authors: McGregor, Richard J. A., Goodman, Lenn Evan, 1944-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Arabic
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012.
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Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Summary:This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploited and oppressed animals pursue a case against humanity. They are granted the gift of speech and presented as subjects with views and interests oftheir own. Over the course of the hearing they rebuke and criticise human weakness, deny man's superiority, and make.
Item Description:Originally published: 2009.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xvi, 389 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-355) and indexes.
ISBN:9780191631207
0191631205
9780199642519
0199642516