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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 other t…

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Manouchehr Pezeshk and Translated by Keven Brown, “Basīṭ wa Murakkab”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000094>
First published online: 2015

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