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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Hans Jacob Polotsky had reported Walter B. Others among his wide circle of elites were Ali ibn Harun ibn al-Munajjim d.

Al-Maqrizi’s phrase ‘but no one quoted him’, would imply al-Nadim himself did not teach. Brockelmann, GAL I, p. It is a true record of civilisation providing much classical material transmitted through Muslim culture to the West world, it is a unique link between civilisations. Monnot, Penseurs musulmans et religions iraniennesParis By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Then we have books of wisdom and admonition by the Persians and others, including many examples of Persian andarz literature, e.

Voruntersuchungen und QuellenBerlin,pp. Was the author of the Fehrest in Constantinople in A. The Fihrist testifies to the great wealth of knowledge disseminated in the literature of the Islamic Golden Ageranging in breadth, historically and geographically, from the modern to the ancient civilisations of SyriaGreeceIndiaRome and Persia.


Curiously he left out Mazdaism altogether, although his discussion of Old Iranian writings shows that he was familiar with Mazdakite sources. The bookshop, customarily on an upper floor, would have been a popular hangout for intellectuals.

FEHREST – Encyclopaedia Iranica

January 24, This article is available in print. He may have visited Aleppoa center of literature and culture under the rule of Sayf al-Dawla. The Fehrest contains miscellaneous pieces of rare information. Much known of al-Nadim is deduced from his epithets.

Most Muslim scholars and poets who dealt with Manicheism in their writings were more naeim in the person Mani than in his teachings, especially if they were praising him as a skilled painter. The Fihrist fihristt published in ; it exists in two manuscript traditions, or “editions”: Structure of the Manichean chapter. Both father and son were men of considerable distinction and social standing.

Ibn al-Nadim – Wikipedia

Some information about the sources of the Fehrest may be extracted from the book itself. Probably born in Baghdad ca. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat His father, a bookdealer and owner of a prosperous bookstore, commissioned al-Nadim to buy manuscripts from dealers. Using them, the investigator may retrieve information from the work that has eluded investigators to date and also gain insight into Ibn al-Nadim’s method of composition, ideology, and historical analyses.

The chapter devoted to what the author rather dismissively calls “bed-time stories” and “fables” contains a large amount of Persian material.


Ibn al-Nadim

Text editions and translations. This is a peculiarity shared with original Manichean sources cf. Occasionally a list is dedicated to publications on a particular theme, as for example the literature on Koranic exegesis ibid.

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. Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. nqdim

References to sources in Iranian languages. In many cases, our only information on certain early authors and their works comes from this book. In the Fehrest it is the other way round. Not only is it a valuable reference finrist for the culture of medieval Islam and the literary men who represented it, but it also gives precious information about the heritage of antiquity available to the Muslims.

The claim that al-Nadim was Isma’ilion the grounds that he met an Isma’ili leader and attended a meeting, is not borne out. An understanding of these four chronological principles helps to interpret the work and the ideas behind it. The sources of other sections of the Fehrest cannot be identified with certainty.