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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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The mundane, the bizarre, the prosaic, the profane sit side by side. The emphasis that the devil, contrary to the chaotic world of darkness, is not eternal like the Father of the World of Light tr. Retrieved from ” https: His father, a bookdealer and owner of a prosperous bookstore, commissioned al-Nadim to buy manuscripts from dealers. Was the author of the Fehrest in Constantinople in A. References to sources in Iranian nadik.

Studia Geo WidengrenLeiden,pp. A few pages later p. His discourses contain flhrist 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.

Ibn al-Nadim

Most Muslim scholars and fihrkst 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. The Fehrest contains miscellaneous pieces of rare information.

The account in the Fehrest is the most extensive, varied, and reliable non-Manichean description of Mani and his teachings, and it is of the highest value for research on Manicheism even after the discovery of numerous Manichean original sources.

This is due less to the difficulty of correctly preserving personal names and historical events than to the fact that there was no canonical account of the life of the prophet. Of basic value for modern research because of their detail and and singularity are still the story of Adam, Eve, and their children tr.


Sezgin, GASI, pp. The Ash’arites being called al-Mujbiraharsh criticism of Sab’iyya doctrine and history, and an allusion to a certain Shafi’i scholar as a ‘secret Twelver’, suggest al-Nadim’s possible Twelver religious affiliation.

Ibn al-Nadim often mentions the size of a book and the number of pages, so that buyers would not be cheated by copyists passing off shorter versions.

InIbn al-Nadim began compiling the catalogue, al-Fihristas a useful reference index for customers and traders of books. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Biographies of poets tabaqat had existed so an index was not a new literary form. In a library in Mosul he found a fragment of a book by Euclid and works of poetry. Then we have books of wisdom and admonition by the Persians and others, including many examples of Persian andarz literature, e.

Akademie der WissenschaftenPhil. Brockelmann, GAL I, p. Al-Nadim, with the other calligrapher scribes employed, would then copy these for the customers. Houtsma, ; Beirut, The second principle resulted ibnn the description of the worlds of light and darkness being given tr. The physician Ibn Abi Usaibia d. The claim that al-Nadim was Isma’ilion the grounds that he met an Isma’ili leader and attended a meeting, is not borne out.

Ein Beitrag zur Naxim der AlchemieBerlin,pp. Probably born in Baghdad ca. Submitted tags will be reviewed by site administrator before it is posted online. The last four discourses focus on the Arabic translations from Greek, Persian, Syriac and other languages, together with books composed in Arabic on the model of these translations. The Fihrist testifies to the great wealth of ib disseminated in the literature of the Islamic Golden Ageranging in breadth, historically and geographically, from the modern to the ancient civilisations of SyriaGreeceIndiaRome and Persia.

From there, he was acquainted with the Manichean script and cf.


It is a true record of civilisation providing much classical material transmitted through Muslim culture to the West world, it is a unique link between civilisations.

Polotsky and Schmidt, p. Idem, Der Sermon von der Seele: Al-Maqrizi’s phrase ‘but no one quoted him’, would imply al-Nadim himself did not teach. The author seems to have used two sometimes contrary principles in the structuring of his description of Mani and his teachings: Some scholars regard him as a Persian Gray, p. Occasionally a list is dedicated to publications on a particular theme, as for example the literature on Koranic exegesis ibid.

The shorter edition contains besides the preface and the first section of the first discourse on the scripts and the different alphabets only the last four discourses, in other words, the Arabic translations from Greek, Syriac and other languages, together with Arabic books composed on the model of these translations.

In the opening section he deals with the alphabets of 14 peoples and their manner of writing and also with the writing-pen, paper and its different varieties. Much known of al-Nadim is deduced from his epithets.

This fits in with F. Baumstark, Syrisch-arabische Biographien des AristotelesLeipzig, ; repr. The Fihrist indexes authors, together with biographical details and literary criticism. A compendium of the knowledge and literature of medieval Islam fiheist the tenth century, informed in great part by earlier Hellenic and Roman cultures.

Ibn al-Nadim – Wikipedia

Each discourse begins with a general introductory survey, as on the early stages of Arabic grammar ibid. From Wikipedia, the fihriat encyclopedia. The Buyid caliph ‘Adud al-Dawla r.

This is a peculiarity shared with original Manichean sources cf. Several other books of similar nature are named.