Ikhwan al-Safa'

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Ikhwan al-Safa'

A Brotherhood of Idealists on the Fringe of Orthodox Islam

Godefroid de Callatay

Chronicling the work of 'The Brethren of Purity', a 4th-century group of encyclopaedists who tried to reconcile reason and faith.
9781851684045 (22 Feb 2006)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

The Ikhwan Al- Safa' or Brethren of Purity were a highly secretive group of tenth-century Shi'ite thinkers, their identities remaining unclear even today. Renowned for creating the legendary Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa, an encyclopedia of philosophical sciences, they proposed a coherent intellectual system that sought to reconcile human reasoning with prophetic revelation.

This fascinating survey provides a clear, objective and innovative introduction to the Brethren of Purity and their encyclopedic project, showing its critical place in the history of Arabic science, philosophy and literature.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Author Godefroid de Callatay is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Louvain.