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The Reception Of The Arabic Translation

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The art of writing philosophical commentaries and the different forms involved were transmitted to Muslim philosophers by way of the same tradition that gave them the original texts: late antique Hellenism. Considering the lack of evidence for the availability of the Arabic translation or any serious study of Aristotle?s Rhetoric before his time, al-Fārābī’s role in the reception history of the text was of paramount importance. The Kitāb al-saʿādah is an anthology of theological, historical and philosophical material in six parts. For the eleventh century, the bio-bibliographical literature records a flurry of activity around Aristotle?s Rhetoric. The writings of Ibn Rušd marked the peak of the reception of Aristotle?s Rhetoric in Arabic. For all we know, the number of works concerned with Aristotelian rhetoric fell off after his death.

Keywords: al-Fārābī’s; Arabic Translation; Aristotle; Aristotle?s Rhetoric; Ibn Rušd; Kitāb al-saʿādah; Muslim philosophers



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