A New Version of Miskawayh’s Book of Triumph: An Alternative Recension of al-Fawz al-Aṣghar or the lost Fawz al-Akbar?

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Textual evidence preserved in two still unpublished manuscripts strongly
suggests that there once existed an alternative version of Miskawayh’s Fawz
, the Minor Book of Triumph. The article discusses possible explanations for why Miskawayh may have composed two recensions of his Fawz and compares structure and content of the alternative version with the edited standard version. The one passage which is contained in the alternative Fawz only is presented in Arabic with an English translation. Part of this additional material is parallel to al-Farabi’s Ihsa’ al-‘ulum, namely its division of natural sciences, and may ultimately derive from a no longer extant treatise by Paul the Persian. An appendix provides the Arabic text and English translation of a hitherto unknown fragment of al-Balkhi in which he discusses Plato’s saying that the world has a causative, but no temporal beginning.
Seiten (von - bis)83-119
FachzeitschriftArabic Sciences and Philosophy
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2009
Extern publiziertJa

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603104 Geschichte der Philosophie
  • 602009 Arabistik