Al-Farabi

[New Entry by Therese-Anne Druart on July 15, 2016.] We know little that is really reliable about al-Farabi's life. Abu Nasr al-Farabi was probably born in 870 CE (AH 257) in a place called Farab
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[New Entry by Therese-Anne Druart on July 15, 2016.] We know little that is really reliable about al-Farabi's life. Abu Nasr al-Farabi was probably born in 870 CE (AH 257) in a place called Farab or Farayb. In his youth he moved to Iraq and Baghdad. In 943 CE (AH 331) he went to Syria and Damascus. He may have gone to Egypt but died in Damascus in December 950 CE or January 951 CE (AH 339). Scholars have disputed his ethnic origin. Some claimed he was Turkish but more recent research points to him being a...

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