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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Alchemy and chemistry in medieval Islam. The same chapter contains descriptions of Manichaean p.
But, in fact, the two jadim to be separated thus correctly tr. InIbn al-Nadim began compiling the catalogue, al-Fihristas a useful ibnn index for customers and traders of books. Probably born in Baghdad ca. Then we have books of wisdom and admonition by the Persians and others, including many examples of Persian andarz literature, e. The Author and His Work. Hans Jacob Polotsky had obn Walter B.
On the statements made about Manicheism during the Islamic period see the essay by G. The bookshop, customarily on an upper floor, would have been a popular hangout for intellectuals. Some information about the sources of the Fehrest may be extracted from the book itself. Vajda in the bibliography.
Zieme in Sundermann,p. The physician Ibn Abi Usaibia d.
Was the author of the Fehrest in Constantinople in A. Instead its parts were constantly re-arranged, enlarged and corrupted by the following generations. The account is comparable to some non-Manichean descriptions of Manicheism: Sezgin, GASI, pp.
An Annotated BibliographyPittsburgh, Pa. Topic select a topic Of basic value for modern research because of their detail and and singularity are still the story of Adam, Eve, and their children tr. rihrist
FEHREST – Encyclopaedia Iranica
nadmi Two differing versions of the liberation of the primal man from the power of darkness are given one after the other: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An understanding of these four chronological principles helps to interpret the work and the ideas behind it.
He probably visited the intellectual centers at Basra and Kufa in ndaim of scholarly material. An Analytical InventoryWiesbaden, Baumstark, Syrisch-arabische Biographien des AristotelesLeipzig, ; repr.
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 Baghdad in the period.
Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. The proposal of Maricq, pp.
He mentions meeting someone in Dar al-Rum nacimabout the period of the book’s compilation. Al-Nadim’s interest ranges from religions, customs, sciences, and includes obscure facets of medieval Islamic history, works on superstition, magic, drama, poetry, satire and music from Persia, Babylonia, and Byzantium.
An unfortunate consequence of the dwindling presence of the Manicheans in Baghdad was the decreasing knowledge of their teachings.
On the other hand, one can prove that he followed at in one Arabic source extensively. Using them, the investigator may retrieve information from the work that has eluded investigators to date and also gain insight into Ibn al-Nadim’s method of composition, ideology, and historical analyses. The Fehrest contains miscellaneous pieces of rare information.
This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Most Muslim scholars and poets who dealt with Manicheism in their writings were more interested in the person Mani than in his teachings, especially if they were praising him as a skilled painter. Translated from the Persian, Introduced naeim Concluded by W. The Ash’arites being called al-Mujbiraharsh criticism of Sab’iyya doctrine and history, and an allusion to a firist Shafi’i scholar as a ‘secret Twelver’, suggest al-Nadim’s possible Twelver religious affiliation.
Untied to a single collection or library, al-Nadim freely selected whatever he fancied and catalogued a rich culture of his naidm. These sections are detailed enough to be considered a veritable history of literature. Certain details of fihriwt cosmogony are also not to be found in such detail in any other textual source, e.
The Fihrist indexes authors, together with biographical details and literary criticism. His discourses contain sections on the origins of philosophy, on the lives of Plato and Aristotlethe origin of One Thousand and One Nightsthoughts on the pyramidshis opinions on magicsorcerysuperstitionand alchemy etc.
From there, he was acquainted with the Manichean script and cf. References to sources in Iranian languages. Much known of al-Nadim is deduced from fihrisf epithets.