A very important source for the history of Arabic and Arabic literature. It also contains a great deal of information about Syriac and Syriac. bibliography of its time, the Fihrist al-Ulum–“The Index (or catalog) of the Sciences. full name, Abu al-Faraj Muhammad ibn Abi Ya’qub Ishaq al-Nadim. The Fihrist of al-Nadīm. A Tenth-century survey of Muslim culture. Bayard Dodge Mālik ibn Anas — 2. Abū Ḥanīfah — 3. Al-Shāfi’ī — 4. Dā’ūd ibn ‘Alī — 5.

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This crucial source of medieval Islamic culture and scholarship, from his own and various ancient civilizations, preserves names of authors, books and accounts that are otherwise entirely lost.

An understanding of these four chronological principles helps to interpret the work and the ideas behind it. Each discourse begins with a general introductory survey, as on the early stages of Arabic grammar ibid.

Bayard Dodge [n 2] [18]. January 24, This article is available in print. Several other books of similar nature are named.

The Fihrist’s preface sets out its purpose as an index of all books written in Arabicwhether by Arabs or others. An Fhirist BibliographyPittsburgh, Pa. Al-Maqrizi’s phrase ‘but no one quoted him’, would imply al-Nadim himself did not teach. References to sources in Iranian languages.

On the statements made about Manicheism during the Islamic period see the essay by G. Kitab al-Kimya Kitab al-Sab’een Picatrix. He nadimm have visited Aleppoa center of literature and culture under the rule of Sayf al-Dawla. Fiihrist high reliability of the account can be demonstrated in several ways.

Al-Fihrist evidences Al-Nadim’s voracious thirst and curiosity for all forms of knowledge and learning, and captures a glimpse into an exciting sophisticated milieu of Baghdad’s intellectual elite.


The Fihrist indexes authors, inn with biographical details and literary criticism. In the opening section he deals with the alphabets of 14 peoples and their manner of writing and also with the writing-pen, paper and its different varieties. Others among his wide circle of elites were Ali ibn Harun ibn al-Munajjim d.

His father, a bookdealer and owner of a prosperous fuhrist, commissioned al-Nadim to buy manuscripts from dealers. The proposal of Maricq, pp. The Fihrist testifies to the great wealth of knowledge disseminated in the literature of the Islamic Golden Ageranging in breadth, historically and geographically, from the modern to the ancient civilisations of SyriaGreece in, IndiaRome and Persia.

Biographies of poets tabaqat had existed so an index was not a new literary form.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Not only is it a valuable reference source for the culture of medieval Naadim and the literary men who represented it, but it also gives precious information about the heritage of antiquity available to the Muslims.

An Analytical InventoryWiesbaden, A few pages later p. These sections are detailed enough to be considered a veritable history of literature. He mentions meeting someone in Dar al-Rum inabout the period of the book’s compilation.

InIbn al-Nadim began compiling the catalogue, al-Fihristas a useful reference index for customers and traders of books. Presentation of the teachings.

It is unlikely that he used additional Modern and Middle Persian and Aramaic texts. He was Arab perhaps of Persian origin.

Kitâb Al-Fihrist

Privacy Policy Add Comment. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Using them, the investigator may retrieve information from the work that has eluded investigators to date and also nzdim insight into Ibn al-Nadim’s method of composition, ideology, and historical analyses. Houtsma, ; Beirut, Of narim value, at least as long as the Coptic corpus remains unpublished, is vihrist information on the letters of Mani and his students tr.


Brockelmann, GAL I, p. This reduction in the number of Manicheans in the capital of Islam almost to the point of disappearance enabled his account of them to become a work of scientific-historical dimensions. Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. It is a true record of civilisation providing much classical material transmitted through Muslim culture to the West world, it is a unique link between civilisations.

A compendium of the knowledge and literature of medieval Islam in the tenth century, informed in great part by earlier Hellenic and Roman cultures. Sadly little survives of the Persian books listed by Ibn al-Nadim. Fihrisy probably visited the intellectual centers at Basra and Kufa in search of scholarly material. A detailed account of the contents has also been given by E. Compare the Stichometry of Nicephorus.

In many cases, our only information on certain early authors and their works comes from this book. Studia Geo WidengrenLeiden,pp.

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The first six of them are detailed bibliographies of books on Islamic subjects:. Fihrsit born in Baghdad ca. Perhaps it was the first draft and the longer edition which is the one that is generally printed was an extension.

The sources of other sections of the Fehrest cannot be identified with certainty.