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    On Magic: Part 1: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 52 (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity) (Hardback)(English / Arabic) By (author) Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Godefroid De Callatay, By (author) Bruno Halflants, By (author) Godefroid De Callata, By (author) Institute of Ismaili Studies, Translated by Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Godefroid De Callatay, Translated by Bruno Halflants

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    DescriptionThe Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity), the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad, hold an eminent position in the history of science and philosophy in Islam due to the wide reception and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia, the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). This compendium contains fifty-two epistles offering synoptic accounts of the classical sciences and philosophies of the age; divided into four classificatory parts, it treats themes in mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and theology, in addition to didactic fables. The Rasa'il constitutes a paradigmatic legacy in the canonization of philosophy and the sciences in mediaeval Islamic civilization, as well as having shown a permeating influence in Western culture. This is the fifth volume in a series presenting the very first critical edition of the Rasa'il in its original Arabic, complete with the first fully annotated English translation. Epistle 52: On Magic is the last in the corpus, and presents the short version of the 'Epistle on Magic, Incantations, and the Evil Eye'. Within its pages the authors of the epistle argue for the legitimacy of magic and the other occult sciences, and seek confirmation of their views in authorities as diverse as Plato, the Qur'an, the Torah, the astrologer Abu Ma'shar, and the mysterious sect of pagan star-worshippers known as the Sabians of Harran. As in all other volumes of the series, this volume provides the first critical edition of the Arabic text, together with an English translation and a substantial range of notes. An extensive introduction highlights the unique relevance of this treatise within the framework of the Brethren's encyclopaedia itself, and to the history of science in general.

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    On Magic: Part 1
    An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 52
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Godefroid De Callatay, By (author) Bruno Halflants, By (author) Godefroid De Callata, By (author) Institute of Ismaili Studies, Translated by Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies Godefroid De Callatay, Translated by Bruno Halflants
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199638956
    ISBN 10: 0199638950

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    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    13 January 2012
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    Having first embarked on a Civil Engineer career shich led him to work for many years in Arab countries of the Middle-East, Bruno Halflants joined the University of Louvain in 1995, where he obtained the Master degree in Arabic and Islamic studies. Established there as a scientific research worker, in 2007 he published an extensive grammar of Middle Arabic, supported by an original edition of the oldest known manuscript of one of the longest tales from the Thousand and One Nights. He has more recently joined the IIS Ikhwan project in order to prepare the critical edition of both the short and the long versions of Epistle 52 of the Brethren of Purity.
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    The publications that are planned within this project will no doubt rekindle the interest of scholars and students of Islam in Islam's rich cultural, educational and historical legacy ... The work of the Ikhwan al-Safa, like many other works that make up the classical Muslim educational thought, need to be seriously studied and reflected upon. This new publication project contributes immensely towards realizing this educational aim. Abdullah Sahin, Muslim World Book Review - about Epistles of the Brethren of Purity series The editors and translators of this short epistle on magic have provided a model of careful and thorough scholarship applied to a difficult and esoteric text. Emilie Savage-Smith, Times Literary Supplement
    Table of contents
    Foreword by Nader El-Bizri (General Editor) ; Introduction ; Technical Introduction ; Epistle 52, Part 1: The Quiddity of Magic ; Appendices ; Bibliography ; Index ; Risala 52, Part 1 (Arabic Text & Variants)