A Jewish Philosopher of Baghdad: Izz Al-dawla Ibn Kammuna by Reza Pourjavady, Sabine Schmidtke

By Reza Pourjavady, Sabine Schmidtke

For a very long time, the research of the existence and paintings of the Jewish philosopher 'Izz al-Dawla Ibn Kammna' (683/1284) remained restricted to a really small variety of texts. curiosity in Ibn Kammna' within the Western Christian international dates again to the seventeenth century, while Barthelemy Herbelot (1624-1695) integrated details on of Ibn Kammna's works - his exam of the 3 faiths (Tanq' al-abth' li-l-milal al-thalt'), i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and his remark on Avicennas al-Ishrt' wa l-tanbht' - in his Bibliotheque orientale. next generations of Western students have been excited about Ibn Kammna's Tanq'al-abth', while his status within the japanese lands of Islam used to be established completely on his philosophical writings. those comprise a remark at the Kitb'al-Talwt' by way of the founding father of Illumationist philosophy, Shihb' al-Dn'al-Suhraward' (587/1191) and diverse self sufficient works on philosophy and common sense. seeing that many of the manuscripts of Ibn Kammna's philosophical writings can be found within the private and non-private libraries of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, they have been (and are) out of succeed in for almost all of Western students. the quantity provides an in depth account of the on hand information of Ibn Kammna's biography, presents an summary of his philosophical suggestion and reviews intimately the reception of his suggestion and his writings between later Muslim and Jewish philosophers. a list of his whole oeuvre presents designated details at the extant manuscripts. the quantity additionally comprises variants of 9 of his writings.

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Ed. Daniel Frank. Leiden 1995, pp. 179–97, esp. 197). Friedrich Niewöhner, in contrast, denies any bias towards Judaism and against Islam on the basis of the TanqҘ; he considers Ibn KammÖna to have been a religious sceptic beyond religion; see his “Die Wahrheit ist eine Tochter der Zeit. ” In Religionsgespräche im Mittelalter. Eds. Bernard Lewis and Friedrich Niewöhner. Wiesbaden 1992, pp. 357–69 esp. p. 364: “Ibn KammÖna argumentiert in den Entgegnungen auf das Judentum von einem Standpunkt aus, der weder christlich noch islamisch ist, aber auch nicht jüdisch sein kann, da er sich ja gegen das Judentum richtet.

10), Ibn KammÖna is described as al-Shaykh al-mu{aØØam wa-l-˜akÒm al-muqaddam qudwat al-˜ukamÊx al-yahÖdiyyÒn. See also mss. Feyzullah Efendi 1195, copied in 696/1297 in Tabriz, which has two indications as to author and title by two different hands on its title page: Shar˜ al-TalwҘÊt al-Suhrawardiyya taÉnÒf al-fÊÓil Mu{izz al-Dawla wa-huwa mu{ÊÉir al-{AllÊma al-ShÒrÊzÒ wa-l-nasab ilÊ Ibn KammÖna al-yahÖdÒ, and: Shar˜ al-TalwҘ li-l-Shaykh al-fÊÓil al-mu˜aqqiq {Izz al-Dawla Sa{d b. ManÉÖr al-ma{rÖf bi-Ibn KammÖna al-IsrÊxÒlÒ; Lâleli 2522, undated: Shar˜ al-TalwҘÊt li-l-˜akÒm al-mudaqqiq {Izz al-Dawla Sa{d b.

7316). 132 No complete edition of Durrat al-tÊj is yet available. Between 1317–20/1938–41 Sayyid Mu˜ammad MishkÊt published five portions of the work, namely fÊti˜a, jumla 1: logic (man¢iq), jumla 2: first philosophy ( falsafa-yi ÖlÊ), jumla 3: physics ({ilm-i ¢abÒ{Ò), and jumla 5: metaphysics ({ilm-i ilÊhÒ). The third edition which was at our disposal (Tehran 1369/1990) has the original pagination for each separate volume, as well as consecutive pagination for the editor’s introduction and all five volumes; in the following only the consecutive pagination will be given.

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