Friday, June 12, 2009


Abu Nasr al-Farabi (259-339 AH / 870-950 AD) is one of the foremost Islamic Philosopher /Logician.

Original Source Biography:

al-Farabi from Ibn abi-Usiba's Tabaqat al-'itbia (Arabic html)
Supplementary Material:

Al-Farabi: from History of Muslim Philosophy. (E-text) in PDF format only.
Prof. Fakhry's Biography of al-Farabi. (informational link to the publisher) Sample Chapter.
Brief outline of his life and contributions. (link)
Encyclopedia Iranica's article. (e-text) needs editing...
Important entry in French about the musical side of al-Farabi. (link)
His Works:

Kitab tashil as-Saadah (attainment of Happiness) Ed. Bumelham Arabic PDF format.
'Ara' ahl al-Midnia al-Fadilah (Opinions of people of the Perfect state) Ed. Bumelham Arabic PDF format.
Kitab 'Ihsa' al-Uloom (Categories of Science) Ed. Bumelham Arabic PDF format.
Kitab as-Siysah al-Madinyah (Public Administration) Ed. Bumelham Arabic PDF format.
Kitab al-Huruf (Book of letters) Arabic E-text. Also in word file format.
al-tahsil Arabic word file.
The Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. Mahdi, M. English E-text PDF format. Also the Arabic Original (Ed. Bumelham Arabic PDF format.)
Fusul al-Madani: Aphorisms of the Statesman, Dunlop, D. M. University of Cambridge Oriental Publications 1961.
Alfarabi: The Political Writings: Selected Aphorisms And Other Texts, Butterworth, Charles E. Cornell University Press, 2001, ISBN: 0801438578
Works about his thought:

Al-Farabi: An Annotated Bibliography. Rescher, N. Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Press), 1962.
Al-Farabi’s Short Commentary on Aristotle’s “Prior Analytics.” Rescher, N. Translated from the Arabic, with Introduction and Notes. Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Press), 1963.
Tahafut al-Falasifa (Incoherence of philosophers) His most famous philosophical work.
Arabic text (ed. S. Dunya) (Arabic PDF)
Arabic E-text in word format -partially edited with intro restored.
English translation by S. A. Kamali (PDF)
The degrees of the abstraction according to al-Farabi. (Arabic word file) by Lotfi Khayrallah.
Argument of Alfarabi’s Book of Religion by: Paul M. Bushmiller (link)
Al-Fârâbî on Logic and the Sciences by: Dr Peter Adamson.
Related Philosophers & Muslim Scholars:

Ibn Sina the Muslim philosopher who made him famous.
Al-Ghazali the Muslim theologian who refuted him and Ibn Sina.
Ibn Rushd, one of the Muslim philosophers that tried to return Islamic Philosophy to pure Aristotlianism.
Ibn Taymiyah, he had interesting opinions on philosophy . Site

List of the existing manuscripts of his works.
Multimedia (Audio & Video):

Video: S. H. Nasr: Great thinkers series: al-Farabi. (link)
TV Transcripts: From Egyptian TV. (E-text)

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