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Avicenna’s Metaphysics of the Shifā

Facsimile Edition of MS Malek Library (Tehran) 1085, Dated 509H/1115

Amos Bertolacci, Gholamreza Dadkhah

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Iranshahr Scientific and Philosophical Writings 5
Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2017
Size: 8.5 11
ISBN: 978-1568593128
plates, appendix, bibliography, index, notes, references

Quick Overview

If the Šifāʾ (The Cure, or The Healing) in its entirety deserves to be considered Ibn Sīnā’s masterpiece in philosophy, the same can be said in particular of its metaphysical section (Ilāhiyyāt, Divine Things): this final and culminant part of the entire work instantiates at the highest degree the author’s view of the fundamental role of metaphysics in the system of philosophy, displays a massive use and thorough reworking of the previous metaphysical tradition, and evidences Ibn Sīnā’s originality and creativeness. Unsurprisingly, the Metaphysics of the Šifāʾ was soon translated into Latin and Persian, repeatedly commented upon, and abundantly quoted.
In the wait of a future critical edition of this landmark of metaphysical speculation in both East and West, and in preparation of it, the consultation of valuable manuscripts of the work proves essential. In the long-lasting and wide-ranging process of copy of the Šifāʾ, the Iranian manuscript tradition stands out in many respects, in terms of number of codices produced and of cities and libraries involved. The manuscript selected for the present facsimile edition – owned by the Malek Library (Tehran, Iran) – is a noteworthy example of this activity of copy, in so far as its colophon and its content put us in front of the most ancient extant and complete account of the Metaphysics of the Šifāʾ presently known.

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Amos Bertolacci

Amos Bertolacci (Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Florence; Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University) is Associate Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy (Islamic Philosophy) at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy). He is the author of The Reception of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Avicenna’s Kitab al-Šifa?: A Milestone of Western Metaphysical Thought (Brill, Leiden-Boston 2006), and of an Italian annotated translation of the metaphysics of Avicenna’s Šifa? (UTET, Torino 2007). He has published on Averroes (Ibn Rušd)’s criticisms of Avicenna, and on the influence of Arabic philosophy in the Latin Middle Ages, with particular regard to Albert the Great. He currently coordinates the ERC Advanced Project “Philosophy on the Border of Civilizations and Intellectual Endeavours: Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics (Ilahiyyat of Kitab al-Shifa’) of Avicenna (Ibn Sina)” (2014-2019: http://www.avicennaproject.eu/)
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Gholamreza Dadkhah

Gholamreza Dadkhah is a graduate of Tehran University, Faculty of Theology and Islamic Studies. His areas of specialization and interest are the intellectual tradition in sixth and seventh century Transoxiana, and the manuscript transmission of Avicenna's works. Among his publications are the edition of Shams al-Din Samarqandi's (d. 722/1322) Science of the Cosmos and the Soul, the edition of Burhan al-Din Nasafi's (d. 684/1286) Commentary upon the Foundation of Intellectual Perspicacity, and the monograph Logic in Sixth Century Iran (forthcoming).

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