Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Kitāb al-yanābīʿ
(1,055 words)


Abū Yaʿqūb al-Sijistānī

Date: Unknown; before about 971

Original Language: Arabic


The Kitāb al-yanābīʿ is a work of Ismāʿīlī Neoplatonic theosophy, moving from speculative reflections about the first Principle (al-Mubdiʿ), who is beyond all characterization, and the higher spiritual beings, to the mundane sphere and the nature of the world. In 40 short chapters (the whole work is less than 100 pages in Corbin’s …

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Thomas, David, “ Kitāb al-yanābīʿ”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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