By Soheil Muhsin Afnan
This booklet is an try to current to the overall reader the existence and works of Avicenna, or Ibn Sina, who's past doubt the main provocative determine within the heritage of inspiration within the East. it's not a defence of him and his process, nor a critique of his philosophy. in the course of his lifetime he was once intentionally scornful of defenders and critics alike; he couldn't imagine best of them now thousand years have passed by. together with his place amply justified, and after that prolonged interval whilst his identify held on the lips of physicians and philosophers from the borders of China to the cloisters of mediaeval Paris and Oxford, it kind of feels most sensible to allow him communicate for himself. it's been emphasised that the issues he used to be faced with resulted from the conflicting disciplines of 2 separate cultures introduced head to head. he's consequently of greater than old curiosity. His perspective should be of steerage to these within the East who're assembly the problem of Western civilization; and to these within the West who've but to discover a foundation on which to harmonize medical with non secular values.
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The history of the Persian language and the different stages through which it has passed has yet to be written. It is not clear how and when it accepted defeat and left the literary field almost entirely to Arabic. And the accounts of its revival in Islamic form are fragmentary and obscure. When the guages came face to face 1 a after the postlan- Arab conquest of the country, Cf. Sadighi : Les Movements religteux iraniens. Cf. Bailey: Zoroastrian Problems. . 43 its two . . AVICENNA Persian had an extensive literature not only in prose but, as has been lately shown, in poetry also.
One is concerned primarily with inspiration . and the other with the search for truth. One says "I was . . ordained, and taught, and told, and do not say anything from my own self"; and the other says"! " One says "the light of intelligence is what I seek guidance from"; and the other says "I have the light of the Creator of creatures, by its illumination I walk. . " '3 These statements appear in an account of a discussion between Tawhidi and his master over a collection of some fifty-two semireligion; and to philosophy he .
Avicenna's father was appointed as a local governor in Kharmaithan, and must therefore have been a man of some standing. was the There he married and had two sons of whom Avicenna elder. The origin of the father is not quite clear; Arabs, Turks and Persians have in turn claimed the son. There is at least no reason was an Arab. As the vast majority of the were of Iranian stock, to believe that he inhabitants of Transoxiana at that date and the great Turanian predominance does not begin till Mongol conquest, an Iranian origin seems the most after the probable.