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By Ya'qūb ibn Isḥāq al-Kindī, Alfred L. Ivry

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H. Malter, availing himself of all these sources (as collected mainly by Flugel and Moritz Steinschneider), has reviewed both the facts of alKindi's life and the knowledge and opinions held of him by later writers; cf. H. Malter, "AI-Kindi: 'The Philosopher of the Arabs''', HebTew Union College Annual, 1904, pp. 55-71. A fair number of the treatises mentioned in the early sources have happily turned up in manuscript, particularly in the codex Aya Sofya 4832 discovered by Hellmut Ritter; cf. Hellmut Ritter and Martin Plessner, "Schriften Ja

V 2. ) ; and the "Dicta Sapientis Badawi. , God) with any scheme which would show how this One relates to the world. Cf. FP, p. 132. 24. Cf. FP, pp. 140-143. 25. , p. 151; this whole discussion being in FP pp. 143 If. cr. Plotinus' discussion of number, Theology, pp. 271 Lewis /113 Badawi (Enn. V. 1. 5, 6), and "Epistola De Scientia Divina", pp. 345 Lewis /180 Badawi (Enn. V. 5. 4, 12) ; and see Aristotle's Met. XIV. I 1087b 33 If. This Aristotelian doctrine (which may be of Pythagorean origin; cf.

Lewin, Orientalia Suecalla IV [1955] : 101-108, and Shlomo Pines, Oriens VIII [1955]: 195-203) ; so that the work, in some form or another, was probably circulating in his time, and a1-Kindi may well have had indirect knowledge of its contents from his Greek reading informants. Moreover, a much earlier adaptation of the Elements, the sixth century Mystical Theology of Pseudo-Dionysius , had already spread Proclus' conception of a transcendent, unknowable and indescribable God throughout Christianity (cf.

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