Ikhwân al-Safâ’

[Revised entry by Carmela Baffioni on July 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The Ikhwan al-Safa' or "Brethren of Purity", as their name is commonly translated, are the authors of one
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[Revised entry by Carmela Baffioni on July 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The Ikhwan al-Safa' or "Brethren of Purity", as their name is commonly translated, are the authors of one of the most complete Medieval encyclopedias of sciences, antecedent at least two centuries to the best known in the Latin world (by Alexander Neckham, Thomas de Cantimpre, Vincent de Beauvais, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, all dating back to the 13th century). The "encyclopedia" is a collection of Epistles, the Arabic title of which is...

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