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Al-Gahiz And Hellenizing Philosophy

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This chapter is a summary review of several prominent features of an unusual treatise by a third/ninth century theologian, an index of possibilities rather than a catalogue of resolutions, which begins from a notion of "library" as an act of composition, an act of reception and a process of cultural calibration, according to which, in the present case, instances of both Hellenic philosophy and of Hellenizing philosophy were situated within Islamic worldviews. The mercilessness of al-Ǧāḥiẓ's attack on the discrepancy between Ahmad's appearance and his opinion of his appearance is explained by his opening gambit after the formal opening of the Epistle. This work strikes the author as a text-type cognate with the sort of treatise which he imagine Ahmad to have written, on the basis of al-Ǧāḥiẓ's engagement with his ideas in the TT.

Keywords: al-Ǧāḥiẓ; Hellenic philosophy



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