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al-S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Yūnānī
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, the disguise of one of the participants in the transmission of authoritative Neoplatonic thought to Islam based upon a translation of large portions of books IV-VT of the Enneads of Plotinus. Fragments with this designation have been recovered without, however, allowing a reconstruction of the form and extent of his work. It is also debatable whether al-S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Yūnānī was substituting for the name of a given philosopher and even might have belonged to the entire lost Arabic Plotinus source. The wide range of meaning of s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ [q.v.] permits a choice between “Greek Teac…

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Rosenthal, F., “al-S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Yūnānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6896>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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