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Title The case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn : a translation from the Epistles of the brethren of purity / translated by Lenn E. Goodman and Richard McGregor ; foreword by Nader El-Bizri.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012.

Subject Islamic philosophy.
Theological anthropology -- Islam.
Alt Name McGregor, Richard J. A.
Goodman, Lenn Evan, 1944-
Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Ikhwan al-Safa. Rasail. 22. English & Arabic.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 389 pages)
Note Originally published: 2009.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-355) and indexes.
Note Text in Arabic with an English translation.
Print version record.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; Technical Introduction; Epistle 22: The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn; Prologue of the Ikhwan; The Fable; Appendix A: Authorities Cited; Appendix B: Geographical Regions; Appendix C: Iranian Kings and Heroes of History and Legend; Appendix D: Religious Traditions; Bibliography; Index Nominum; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; Y; Z; Index Rerum; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z; Index Locorum
Summary This is a new English translation of a classic of medieval Islamic learning, which illuminates the intellectual debates of its age and speaks vividly to the concerns of our own. It is the most famous work of the Brethren of Purity, a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad. In this rich allegorical fable the exploited and oppressed animals pursue a case against humanity. They are granted the gift of speech and presented as subjects with views and interests oftheir own. Over the course of the hearing they rebuke and criticise human weakness, deny man's superiority, and make.
ISBN 9780191631207 (electronic bk.)
0191631205 (electronic bk.)
9780199642519
0199642516
OCLC # 811562968
Additional Format Print version: Case of the animals versus man before the King of the Jinn. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012 9780199642519 (OCoLC)754167895



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