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2. Life and Influence
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In Chapter 8, Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī

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2.1 Biographical Sources – 2.2 Life – 2.3 Influence

2.1 Biographical Sources

Our medieval sources contain precious few reports on al-Fārābī’s life, which moreover tend to be rather scant, and at times even contradict each other. Nevertheless these testimonials have acquired a certain significance in the history of the field, since they have been used time and again as a basis for hypotheses about al-Fārābī’s person, his convictions, and his philosophical outlook.

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Ulrich Rudolph, “2. Life and Influence”, in: Philosophy in the Islamic World Online: 8th-10th Centuries. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2017

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