Avicenna 980-1037, Persia, man of faith and science

Hey Max,

Have you heard of this guy? He is one of a series of leading people of science across history who were also people of faith.

Look him up on Wikipedia and other stuff, I did.

Avicenna 980-1037, Persia

commonly known as Ibn Sīnā, or Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Sīnā[2] or by his Latinized name Avicenna, was a Persian[3][4][5][6] polymath, who wrote almost 450 works on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving works concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.[7]

His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine,[8] which was a standard medical text at many medieval universities.[9] The Canon of Medicine was used as a text-book in the universities of Montpellier and Leuven as late as 1650.[10] Ibn Sīnā’s Canon of Medicine provides a complete system of medicine according to the principles of Galen (and Hippocrates).[11][12]

His corpus also includes writing on philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, geology, psychology, Islamic theology, logic, mathematics, physics, as well as poetry.[13] He is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age.[14]

Ibn Sīnā was a devout Muslim and sought to reconcile rational philosophy with Islamic theology. His aim was to prove the existence of God and His creation of the world scientifically and through reason and logic.[37] Avicenna wrote a number of treatises dealing with Islamic theology. These included treatises on the Islamic prophets, whom he viewed as "inspired philosophers", and on various scientific and philosophical interpretations of the Qur’an, such as how Quranic cosmology corresponds to his own philosophical system.[38]

Ibn Sīnā memorized the Qur’an by the age of ten, and as an adult, he wrote five treatises commenting on suras from the Qur’an. One of these texts included the Proof of Prophecies, in which he comments on several Quranic verses and holds the Qur’an in high esteem. Avicenna argued that the Islamic prophets should be considered higher than philosophers.[39]

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes.


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