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40 Episodes on Persian Figures By Nadia Maftouni
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Although this book is dedicated to author’s course, ESL for humanities, it as well includes some parts of the history of Persian scientists. Here, an expert follow: Better known as Nasir... More > al-Din Toosi—or simply Toosi in the West—he was a mathematician, physician, astronomer, logician, philosopher, jurisprudent, and theologian, staying abreast of the sciences of his time. Toosi corresponded with Sadr al-Din Qunawi, the son-in-law of ibn Arabi. It appears, however, Toosi was not well absorbed in the conversation. Composing his own manual of philosophical mysticism in Awsaf al-Ashraf, Toosi assumed that Sufism so propagated by the masters of his time could not compel his attention.< Less
Lone Island: Where Trees Fruit Women! By Nadia Maftouni
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Don’t be misled about this book’s name Lone Island: Where Trees Fruit Women. It’s just a phrase of Tufail’s novel: Hayy Ibn Yaqzan. Tufail depicts the (maybe) imaginary... More > location of his novel as where trees fruit women! Born in 1105 in Guadix of Granada and died in 1185 in Morocco, Tufail Andalusi is reckoned as a polymath: philosopher, theologian, physician, astronomer, vizier, and court official. His writings did not survive save for Hayy Ibn Yaqzan. Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is deemed the first philosophical novel. The story goes on in an Indian island where human being can born directly from nature with no parents. There are also some trees there that fruit women! This fiction goes on until today. That’s what people say about an island in Thailand: some sacred tree called Nariphon bears fruits shaped like a young woman!< Less

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