ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s Philosophical Journey

From Aristotle’s Metaphysics to the ‘Metaphysical Science’


Although the philosopher ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī (1162 -1231) received an extensive education in the thought of Avicenna, he still journeyed long in search of true philosophy. It was in Cairo that he finally discovered a model of philosophical metaphysics rooted in Greek thought as set out in Kindian and Farabian writings. This volume is devoted to the study of Aristotle’s Metaphysics and other Greek metaphysical writing gathered together by this Muslim philosopher to form a ‘Metaphysical Science’ in his Book of the Science of Metaphysics ( Kitāb fī ʿilm mā baʿd al-ṭabīʿa).
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Biographical Note

Cecilia Martini Bonadeo, Ph.D. (2002), University of Padua, is currently research scholar in the European Research Council Advanced Grant n.249431 “Greek into Arabic”. She was awarded the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation 2012.

Review Quotes

"This is an excellent book in an excellent series." – Oliver Leaman, in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77/2 (2014), pp. 383-384 [DOI: 10.1017/S0041977X14000196]
"… a welcome and valuable contribution to the history of Arabic thought and the field of Greco-Arabic studies. The book is a thoroughly researched monograph that will undoubtedly remain the reference work on ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī for many years to come." – Damien Janos, in: Ilahiyat Studies 5/2 (2014), 275-278 [DOI: 10.12730/13091719.2014.52.117]

Table of contents

CHAPTER I The Tradition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in the Muslim East
CHAPTER II The Intellectual Biography of ‘Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī
CHAPTER III The Book on the Science of Metaphysics by ‘Abd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī


All interested in the Greek - Arabic studies, and anyone concerned with the Arabic reception of Greek Philosophy and Aristotle’s Metaphysics, in particular in the post Avicennian age.

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