Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Author(s): Sebti, Meryem
Avicenna (Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sīnā), * ca. 980 (Afšana near Buḫārā in Transoxiana), † 1037 (Hama٤̲ān) 1. Life and Work We know about Avicenna's life through an autobiography, completed by one of his disciples, Ǧūzǧānī (see critical edition Gohlman, ed.). Avicenna's father held a high position in the Samanid administration. A few years after Avicenna's birth, the family moved to Buḫārā, the capital of the Samanid's. In this intellectually active city, Avicenna received a very good education. He studied islamic jurisprudence ( fiqh), medicine, and philosophical sc…

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