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Ikhwan al-Safa’

A Brotherhood of Idealists on the Fringe of Orthodox Islam

Godefroid de Callatay

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.

  • Publication date: February 22, 2006
  • ISBN: 9781851684045
  • RRP: £25.00
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: December 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780741963
  • RRP: £18.00
  • Pages: 160

Godefroid de Callatay

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

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