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Al-ʿĀmirī on Vision and the Visible. Variations on Traditional Visual Theories

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The main body of Greek scientific and philosophical writings which reached the Arabic-Islamic world from the ninth century onwards included material on visual and optical theories. As information about Abū ’l-Ḥasan al-ʿĀmirī is rather scarce and only few of his writings are known to be extant, we might be at a loss how to assess the position of the Ibṣār within al-ʿĀmirī's work. Having outlined the general structure of the Ibṣār this chapter present some of al-ʿĀmirī's rather original interpretations of traditional views on vision concerning the following issues: the objects of vision; the transparent and the visible bodies; the structure of the eye; and the instruments and tools of vision.

Keywords: Abū ’l-Ḥasan al-ʿĀmirī; Arabic-Islamic world; Ibṣār; traditional visual theories



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