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Avicenna: List of works


This is the list of some of Avicenna"s well-known works:

• Sirat al-shaykh al-ra’is (The Life of Ibn Sina), ed. and trans. WE. Gohlman, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1974. (The only critical edition of Ibn Sina’s autobiography, supplemented with material from a biography by his student Abu ‘Ubayd al-Juzjani. A more recent translation of the Autobiography appears in D. Gutas, Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition: Introduction to Reading Avicenna’s Philosophical Works, Leiden: Brill, 1988.)

• Al-Isharat wa-‘l-tanbihat (Remarks and Admonitions), ed. S. Dunya, Cairo, 1960; parts translated by S.C. Inati, Remarks and Admonitions, Part One: Logic, Toronto, Ont.: Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 1984, and Ibn Sina and Mysticism, Remarks and Admonitions: Part 4, London: Kegan Paul International, 1996.

• Al-Qanun fi’l-tibb (The Canon of Medicine), ed. I. a-Qashsh, Cairo, 1987. (Encyclopedia of medicine.)

• Risalah fi sirr al-qadar (Essay on the Secret of Destiny), trans. G. Hourani in Reason and Tradition in Islamic Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

• Danishnama-i ‘ala’i (The Book of Scientific Knowledge), ed. and trans. P Morewedge, The Metaphysics of Avicenna, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1973. 

• Kitab al-Shifa’ (The Book of Healing). (Ibn Sina’s major work on philosophy). He probably began to compose al-Shifa’ in 1014, and completed it in 1020.) Critical editions of the Arabic text have been published in Cairo, 1952-83, originally under the supervision of I. Madkour.

• Hayy ibn Yaqdhan a Persian myth. A novel called Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, based on Avicenna"s story, was later written by Ibn Tufail (Abubacer) in the 12th century and translated into Latin and English as Philosophus Autodidactus in the 17th and 18th centuries respectively. In the 13th century, Ibn al-Nafis wrote his own novel Fadil ibn Natiq, known as Theologus Autodidactus in the West, as a critical response to Hayy ibn Yaqdhan.

Persian Works

Danishnama-i ‘Alai

Danishnama-i ‘Alai is called ‘the Book of Knowledge for [Prince] "Ala ad-Daulah’:

One of Avicenna"s important Persian work is the Daaneshnaame (literally: the book of knowledge) for Prince "Ala ad-Daulah (the local Buyid ruler). The linguist aspects of the Danes-nama and the originality of their Persian vocabulary are of great interest to Iranian philologists.

 Avicenna created new scientific vocabulary that had not existed before in the modern Persian language. The Danes-nama covers such topics as logic, metaphysics, music theory and other sciences of his time.

 Andar Danesh-e-Rag

Andar Danesh-e-Rag is called ‘On the science of the pulse’. This book contains nine chapters on the science of the pulse and is condensed synopsis.


Other links:

Who was Avicenna?

Avicenna: Short biography

Avicenna: Early life

Avicenna: Adulthood

Avicennia's science

Avicennia's psychology

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