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The Intellectual Biography of 'Abd al-Latīf al-Baġdādī’

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The life and activity of Muwaffaq al-Dīn Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Yūsuf al-Baġdādī took place in a particularly significant and interesting moment in the Arabic philosophical tradition. This chapter presents ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s biography first of all as given by Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa, coalescing it with information taken from the report of ʿAbd al-Laṭīf’s stay in Egypt, with the aim of framing our author in a historical and cultural context which is still little investigated. It examines not only ʿAbd al-Laṭīf’s autobiography as taken from the Book of the Two Pieces of Advice, but the entire treatise. The chapter, in fact, reveals itself to be particularly useful in outlining ʿAbd al-Laṭīf’s intellectual biography, his educational itinerary, the library he had at his disposal, and his cultural attitude with regard to the Ancients. The chapter concludes with a section on his encyclopaedic, original works.

Keywords:ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s; autobiography; Egypt; Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa; Muwaffaq al-Dīn Muḥammad



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