al-Farabi Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 21 pages of information about the life of al-Farabi.
This section contains 6,151 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the al-Farabi Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography on al-Farabi

Al-Farabi's importance in the history of Islamic philosophy may be gathered from the epithet commonly applied to him by later philosophers. Known as the "Second Teacher"--second, that is, only to Aristotle--al-Farabi in many ways set the course for developments in later Islamic philosophy. While greatly admiring Aristotle and adopting an Aristotelian approach to logic and epistemology, al-Farabi consciously and creatively supplements the Stagirite's teachings with the emanative cosmology and metaphysics of Neoplatonism and with the political philosophy of Plato.

Despite his importance and the esteem in which he was held, knowledge of al-Farabi's life is rather scant, and few of his writings can be dated with any certainty or even ordered chronologically. The son of a military officer, he was born around 870 in the village of Wasij of the district of Farab in Turkestan. He was educated in Damascus and later in Baghdad, where he lived and...

(read more)

This section contains 6,151 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the al-Farabi Biography
Copyrights
Gale
al-Farabi from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.