Avicenna’s Allegory on the Soul (Ismaili Texts and Translations)

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The Persian philosopher Ibn Sina (d. 1037), known in Europe as Avicenna, was arguably the greatest master of Aristotelian thought in the Muslim world. The symbolical ‘Poem on the Soul’ (Qasidat al-nafs), which portrays all earthly human souls as in temporary exile from heaven, is traditionally attributed to Avicenna, and was received with enthusiasm by its commentators. A highly significant commentary on the Qasida was written by ?Ali b. Muhammad b. al-Walid (d. 1215 CE), a major early representative of the Tayyibi Ismaili tradition, which emerged and flourished in medieval Yemen. In his view, the poem encapsulated Tayyibi beliefs, whose doctrines bear striking parallels with late antique Gnosticism. Avicenna’s Allegory on the Soul presents the first edition of the Arabic text of Ibn al-Walid’s commentary, ‘The Useful Epistle’ (al-Risala al-mufida), alongside an English translation and extended introduction. It offers invaluable insight into the intricacies of Muslim thought and a deeper understanding of Avicenna’s substantial intellectual legacy.

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Professor Wilferd Madelung is a leading contemporary Islamicist, who has made significant contributions to scholarship on medieval Islamic communities and movements, including those of the Twelver, Ismaili and Zaydi Shi‘is. He was previously the Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Dr. Toby Mayer is a Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He has taught courses on medieval Muslim philosophy and mysticism at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. In addition to having authored numerous articles on Islamic philosophy, scriptural hermeneutics and mysticism, he is co-editor (with W. Madelung) of Struggling with the Philosopher: A Refutation of Avicenna’s Metaphysics (2001), and translator of Keys to the Arcana: Shahrastani’s Commentary on the Qur’an (2009).

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