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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Monnot, Penseurs musulmans et religions iraniennesParis The Buyid caliph ‘Adud al-Dawla r. Kitab nnadim Kitab al-Sab’een Picatrix. The first principle is apparent in the sequence of the five portions of the text: Editions of the Fehrest: 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.

Biographies of poets tabaqat had existed so an index was not a new literary form. On the other hand, one can prove that he followed at least one Arabic source extensively.

The same chapter contains descriptions of Manichaean p. Untied to a single collection or library, al-Nadim freely selected whatever he fancied and catalogued a rich culture of his time.

The sources of other sections of the Nadin cannot be identified with certainty. 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.


Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Religionsgeschichte des Orients, I: The Fihrist indexes authors, together with biographical details and literary criticism.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der AlchemieBerlin,pp. This reduction in the number of Manicheans in the capital of Islam almost to the point of disappearance enabled his account of them to become a work of scientific-historical dimensions.

Kitâb Al-Fihrist

Privacy Policy Add Comment. In the Fehrest it is the other way round. Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. Nqdim you enter several tags, separate with commas. Topic select a topic It was easier for the author to report objectively, unpolemically, and to the best of his knowledge on a foreign, often persecuted, religion which had almost disappeared.

Al-Nadim’s interest ranges from religions, customs, sciences, and includes obscure nadiim of medieval Islamic history, works on superstition, magic, drama, poetry, satire and music from Persia, Babylonia, and Byzantium.

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

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Some information about the sources naddim the Fehrest may be extracted from the book itself. On the statements made about Manicheism during the Islamic period see the essay by G. Probably born in Baghdad ca. The first six of them are detailed bibliographies of books on Islamic subjects:. Instead its parts were constantly re-arranged, enlarged and corrupted by the following generations. Several other books of similar nature are named.


A compendium of the knowledge and literature of medieval Islam in the tenth century, informed in great part by earlier Hellenic and Roman cultures.

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January 24, This article is available in print. Alchemy and naddim in medieval Islam. Curiously he left out Mazdaism altogether, although his discussion of Old Iranian writings shows that he was familiar with Mazdakite sources. He probably visited the intellectual centers at Basra and Kufa in search of scholarly material.

InIbn al-Nadim began compiling the catalogue, al-Fihristas a useful reference index for customers and traders of books. An understanding of these four chronological principles helps to interpret the work and the ideas behind it.

Submitted tags will be reviewed by site administrator before it is posted online. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Al-Fihrist evidences Al-Nadim’s voracious thirst and curiosity for all forms of knowledge and learning, and captures a glimpse into an exciting sophisticated milieu of Baghdad’s intellectual elite.

Generally, a short biographical notice on the authors is fijrist by a list of their works.

In the preface Al-Nadim describes his book as: Sadly little survives of the Persian books listed by Ibn al-Nadim.