The Arabic Version of Ṭūsī's Nasirean Ethics

With an Introduction and Explanatory Notes


Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s (d. 672/1274) Nasirean Ethics is the single most important work on philosophical ethics in the history of Islam. Translated from the original Persian into Arabic in 713/1313, the present text was primarily intended for the Arabic-speaking majority of the people in Iraq. A fine example of medieval Persian-to-Arabic translation technique, this first edition carefully reproduces Middle Arabic elements that can be found throughout the text.

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Joep Lameer, PhD (1992) in Oriental Studies, Leiden University, is a specialist in the history of medieval philosophy and logic in Arabic and Persian. Author of the award-winning Conception and Belief in Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī (Tehran, 2006), he is presently working on Avicenna.
“This meticulous multi-layered scholarship will be of great service to readers of Jurjänl’s translation and can only be commended… Readers interested in the development of philosophical ethics in the Islamic world will be grateful to have this meticulous scholarly edition at their disposal.” - Sophia Vasalou, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society, 138/1 (2018)

"... Lameer deserves our praise for producing a reliable edition of an important text, with an informative and well-organized introduction and instructive annotations." - Neguin Yavari, in: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 112 (2017)

"... Lameer shows up as a careful reader of the manuscript [...] [A] most meritorious pioneering edition..." - Jules Janssens, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXIV, January-April (2017)

All interested in the history of Islamic philosophy and the dissemination of Shīʿite culture, and anyone concerned with Middle Arabic or medieval Persian-to-Arabic translation techniques.