Saturday, 01 February, 2020

Avicenna: At the pinnacle of Knowledge

Today is the birthday of an Iranian genius at various fields ranging from philosophy to medicine. Here is a short history of him.

Abu Ali Sina is better known in Europe by the Latinized name “Avicenna.”

He is probably the most significant philosopher in the Islamic tradition and arguably the most influential philosopher of the pre-modern era.

Born in Afshana near Bukhara in Central Asia in about 980, he is best known as a polymath, as a physician whose major work the Canon (al-Qanun fi’l-Tibb) continued to be taught as a medical textbook in Europe and in the Islamic world until the early modern period, and as a philosopher whose major summa the Cure (al-Shifa’) had a decisive impact upon European scholasticism and especially upon Thomas Aquinas.

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