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Title: Deux fragments des Iḫwān al-Ṣafā' dans une collection arabe chrétienne
Author(s): LA SPISA, Paolo
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 123    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2010   
Pages: 203-227
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.123.1.2052771

Abstract :
The fragments published in this article are from the Parisinus Arabicus 213, a Christian Arabic manuscript belonging to the Egyptian Coptic milieu at the beginning of the 17th century. These fragments are part of a rich Christian theological and spiritual collection which includes works by the greatest Fathers of the Oriental Church. In this important Coptic Arabic collection are to be found passages that unambiguously derive from two different Epistles of the Brethren of Purity’s Encyclopaedia, namely, the Epistle of the Man as Microcosm and the Epistle of Meteorology. The fragments are edited synoptically with the 1957 Beirut edition of the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, so as to highlight gaps and variants. This discovery should allow us to better understand the diffusion, circulation and success of the Epistles even within a Christian Arabic milieu.

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