The Making of the Avicennan Tradition

The Transmission, Contents, and Structure of Ibn Sīnā's al-Mubāḥaṭāt (The Discussions)


Presenting a detailed analysis of the manuscripts, contents, structure and historical transmission of The Discussions, this volume is a collection of correspondence written by eleventh-century philosoher Avicenna, his students and colleagues.
The first chapter contains a study of the extant manuscripts complete with palaeographical and codicological details. The second chapter traces the transmission of the texts that now constitute The Discussions and offers convincing arguments for their posthumous collection. The third chapter presents biographical studies of Avicenna's students Bahmanyar and Ibn Zayla, and his colleague Abū l-Qāsim al-Kirmānī, in order to develop the historical and intellectual contexts of these philosophical discussions. The fourth chapter develops theories for the dating and original sequence of the individual letters on the basis of textual evidence.


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Biographical Note

David C. Reisman, Ph.D. (2000) in Arabic-Islamic Studies, is a Research Affiliate at Yale University. He has published in the fields of medieval Arabic philosophy, historiography, and codicology, and is the Editor of Before and After Avicenna, (Brill, 2003).


All those interested in Avicenna, medieval Arabic-Islamic philosophy and history, medieval intellectual history, as well as medieval codicologists and palaeographists, historians of medieval Islamic historiography, and historical sociologists interested in medieval education and learning.