Subtle Insights Concerning Knowledge and Practice

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Sa'd ibn Mansur Ibn Kammuna al-Baghdadi
Y. Tzvi Langermann
World Thought in Translation
  • New Haven: 
    Yale University Press
    , October
     216 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Surprisingly modern essays on the unity of all monotheistic regimens by a medieval philosopher

Written in the mid-thirteenth century for the newly appointed governor of Isfahan, this compact treatise and philosophical guidebook includes a wide-ranging and accessible set of essays on ethics, psychology, political philosophy, and the unity of God. Ibn Kammuna, a Jewish scholar writing in Baghdad during a time of Mongol occupation, was a controversial figure whose writings sometimes incited riots. He argued, among other things, the commonality of all monotheisms, both prophetic and philosophical. Here, for the first time in English, is a surprisingly modern work on the unity of all monotheistic regimes from a key medieval philosopher.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sa'd ibn Mansur Ibn Kammuna al-Baghdadi was a Jewish scholar writing in Baghdad during a time of Mongol occupation in the mid-thirteenth century.
Y. Tzvi Langermann is Professor of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv.