Basīṭ wa Murakkab
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Basīṭ wa Murakkab, meaning the simple and the composite, are terms referring to two general categories that have been employed in various fields of learning, particularly in the field of cosmology in Islamic philosophy.

It appears that prior to the age of the translation of Greek literature into Arabic, the term ‘simple’ (basīṭ), together with …

Cite this page
Pezeshk, Manouchehr and Brown, Keven, “Basīṭ wa Murakkab”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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