Jesus, Christians and Christianity in the Thought of the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ

Jesus, Christians and Christianity in the Thought of the Ikhwān al-ṢafāʾAuthor: Omar Alí-de-Unzaga

The Gospels: The Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ accept the truth of the previous revealed books, and the Gospel takes a place of honor among these scriptures. The Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ encourage their readers to read the Gospels, and the Rasāʾil show a high level of awareness and accurate knowledge of them, and seem to display a preference for that of John. The same interpretive stance (which is closely related to Isma‘ili taʾwīl) is applied to the Gospels as to the Qur’an and other scriptures. They suppose that ‘the people of the Torah, the people of the Gospels and the people of the Qur’an’ have different commandments, precepts and parables, but these are all symbolic allusions (ishārāt) to remind souls of what they have forgotten regarding their origin and their return.

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Some of the recent Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) publications on the Ikhwan al-Safa

The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity is published by Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. This bilingual series consists of a multi-authored Arabic critical edition and annotated English translation of the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ (ca. tenth-century Iraq).

  1. The Ikhwan al-Safa’ and their Rasa’il: An Introduction
  2. The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn
  3. On Logic
  4. On Music
  5. On Magic
  6. On Arithmetic and Geometry
  7. On The Natural Sciences

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Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) publications – Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series


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