The Resource Degrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma, [translated] by Arzina R. Lalani

Degrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma, [translated] by Arzina R. Lalani

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Degrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma
Title
Degrees of excellence
Title remainder
a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma
Statement of responsibility
[translated] by Arzina R. Lalani
Title variation
Kitāb ithbāt al-imāmah
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Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
Ahmad b. Ibrahim al-Naysaburi (996-1021) lived at the pinnacle of Fatimid rule in Egypt. One of the most distinguished scholars of his time, several important works are accredited to him. However, it is his major treatise - the Kitab Ithbat al-imama - which is of seminal importance in the philosophical development of medieval Muslim thought. It is in this work - which is here presented in a completely fresh edition and a new translation - that al-Naysaburi daringly uses rational tools to explain and expound his theology, rather than base his assertions exclusively on the authority of the Qur'an and Hadith. Seeking to affirm the imamate from a philosophical perspective, he uses numerous devices to bolster his thesis, ranging from the so-called ten categories of the philosophers to several biological metaphors from plants and trees to animals and minerals. His foremost device is the theory of 'degrees of excellence'. Accepting that there are differences and disparities within each genus and species, he gives paradigms of perfect examples in each variety, and demonstrates in a parallel manner that it is the Imam who stands at the apex of humanity
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N$T
Dewey number
297.61
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English & Arabic
LC call number
BP166.94
LC item number
.N39 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Ismaili texts and translations series
Series volume
8
Label
Degrees of excellence : a Fatimid treatise on leadership in Islam : a new Arabic edition and English translation of Aḥmad b. Ibrāhīm al-Naysābūrī's Kitāb ithbāt al-imāma, [translated] by Arzina R. Lalani
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn650531117
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1 online resource (various pagings)
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online
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9781845111458
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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9786612641770
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264177
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.b25274909
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)650531117
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