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3. Translations Available in al-Kindī’s Time
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In Chapter 4, Abū Yūsuf al-Kindī

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Al-Kindī was the first universal thinker to bring the Hellenic legacy into Arabic. He saw himself as a transmitter of the wisdom set forth by the ancients whom he admired as predecessors and role-models (On First Philosophy [*51: I 102–104]). Their work had been developed and completed over many generations; now, al-Kindī would present these teachings to ‘those who speak our language (ahl lisāninā)’ (from the commentary on Ptolemy’s Almagest, cited by Rosenthal 1956 [*317: 445]; we find the same expression in On the Prostration of th…

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Gerhard Endress and Peter Adamson, “3. Translations Available in al-Kindī’s Time”, in: Philosophy in the Islamic World Online: 8th-10th Centuries. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2017

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