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al- Fārābī, philosophy
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Abū Naṣr Muḥammad al-Fārābī (d. 339/950), sometimes referred to as the “Second Teacher” in the Arabic tradition (after the “First Teacher,” Aristotle), was one of the foremost Arabic philosophers of the early, classical Islamic period. He was a polymath who wrote on a wide variety of topics, ran…

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Janos, Damien, “al-Fārābī, philosophy”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282117, 2015, 2015-2

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