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The Philosopher al-Nayrīzī And General Aspects Of His Thought

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Two works of Al-Nayrizi, namely his commentary on Suhrawardi's al Alwāh al-Imādiyyaand his glosses on the latter's Hikmat al-ishraq, were first discovered by Hellmut Ritter. Ritter describes the manuscript, quotes the opening sentence of the text and summarizes the author's colophon. Nayrizi was patronized by Nasir al-Din, who was presumably the vizier of Sultan Ahmad Khan Karkiya. Nayrizi was one of the few scholars of his time who dealt with philosophy and who also regarded themselves as philosophers. He admired the authoritative Muslim philosophers, namely Farabiand Ibn Sina, in all respects. Nayrizi seems to have been quite well-known during his lifetime. That he dedicated his Tahrir Tajrid al-aqaid to Shah Ismail I indicates that he was established as a scholar at the court.

Keywords:Al-Nayrīzī; Hellmut Ritter; Muslim philosophers



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