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Avicennism and Exegetical Practice in the Early Commentaries on the Ishārāt

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Avicenna’s Ishārāt was his most commented-upon work, and served as the main vehicle of his philosophy to post-Avicennian Muslim scholars. The earliest commentaries on the Ishārāt, dating from the 6th/12th and 7th/13th centuries, exhibited a wide range of exegetical practices, from the philological-historical to the philosophical-analytical. Many of these exegetical practices can also be found in the late-antique Greek commentaries on Aristotle’s works. In their effort to determine the proper role of a philosophical commentator, the early interpreters of the Ishārāt chose from among these exegetical practices. Their choices reflected the different ways they construed Avicennian taḥqīq, or “verification”.


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