Reflections on Farabi's Introduction and Conclusion in Nawamis Mostafa Younesie (assistant professor )
This lecture will begin with a short introduction about writing in the form of manuscripts as the basis of Arabic medeaval research and knowledge. Then three extant pertinent -to-Laws Arabic manuscripts of Leiden (L), Kabul (K) and Escorial (E) will be collated in order to have a general view of the Arabic manuscript traditions related to Plato's Nomoi. Then the modern editions by Gabreili, Mahdi, Badawi and Druart. And in this context Al-Farabi own narration and reception of this manuscript at the end of his Nawamis will be considered.
After this initial necessary preface, Al-farabi introduction (about 1.5 in Arabic)will be considered word by word in order to consider these points:
- Why Mawamis and not other equivalents for the Greek word nomoi?
- His overall approach for engaging with Nawamis?
- His method for reading Plato?
- His literary form of presentation?
- His Arabic language? and the like.
Thereby there is an opportunity to explore Al-farabi own conception and understanding of the Plato's Nomoi.
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