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Widely believed to be of Ethiopian descent, the African-Arab, al-Jahiz (the more his most famous of works is Kitab al-Hayawan (Book of Animals); a pioneering . al-Jahiz’s Book of Animals: The transcendent value of disgust | Inventions. The most famous book written by Al-Jahiz is Kitab al-Hayawan (Book of Animals). This multi-volume book does not only describe more than.

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Al-Jahiz and the Book of Animals campaign aims to create awareness about those issues and inspire young people to take action to help. At the same time, al-Jahiz enthusiastically supported certain aspects of the Greek tradition, by which he meant primarily Aristotle.

The availability of a cheap writing material was accompanied by another social bolk, of which al-Jahiz himself was a product: Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Al-Jahiz lived, during one of the most exciting times of intellectual history — the period of the transmission of Greek science to the Arabs and the development of Arabic prose literature -and was intimately involved in both.

Al-Jahiz and “The Book of Animals” – MOHA Research Center

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In fact, many adab writers were religious scholars. He was a man a,-jahiz reason and logic, which generated a spirit of life-long independence. Even more important than the text, however, are the superb miniatures which illuminate it. Email required Address never made public.


As Muhammad Iqbal wrote: Sadly, few works of al-Jahiz have survived the vicissitudes of time, but those that have, make us regret all the more the ones al-jaiz have been lost. In it he wrote: I would have you know that a pebble proves the existence of God just al-jayiz much as a mountain, and the human body is evidence as strong as the universe that contains our world: Snakes like eating rats very much.

The Father of the Theory of Evolution: Al-Jahiz and His Book of Animals

Did Darwin know about these animalss He was also reported to have written over two hundred some sources say three hundred plus works, about thirty are extant.

Old Namara inscription Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions. Retrieved 2 October He sometimes added funny anecdotes and amusing comments in his scientific works.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Aristotle and the Arabs: During his long lifetime al-Jahiz authored two hundred books that discuss a variety of subjects including Arabic grammar, zoology, poetry, lexicography, and rhetoric. The Zanj say that God did not make them black in order to disfigure them; rather it nook their environment that made them so.

As he suggested, inanimate elevates to plant level and animals are evolved from plants. Over a span twenty-five years, he would acquire considerable knowledge of Arabic poetryArabic philologyand pre-Islamic Arab history. He had a great love of books, and his Book of Animals begins with a long passage in their praise.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Al-Jahiz. His family was poor and as a young man of 20 he seems to have sold fish along one of the Basran canals. It brings to life one of the oldest books written in Arabic about animals to help inspire curiosity in children and animwls promote caring for all living things.


Actually this short essay is not about correctness or wrongness of the evolutionary theory. Al-jauiz books contain above all unusual anecdotes, wise and beautifully animale sayings handed down by the Companions of the Prophet, sayings which will lead to the acquisition of good qualities ov the performance of good works … they also contain stories of the conduct of kings and caliphs and their ministers and courtiers, and the most interesting events of their lives.

He believed in the scientific method — as it was then understood — and applied reason and logic to observed phenomena. According to the letters of Darwin, he used to meet his teacher and discuss the matters of mutual interest with him.

In Ashtiany, Julia; Johnstone, T. Man, according to Al-Jahiz, was an evolutionary stage of animals. Al-Jahiz introduces the concept of biological evolution in al-jhiz book. So it is certain that Charles Darwin was familiar with the works and ideas of Muslim scholars and philosophers, including Al-Jahiz, and laid the foundation of his theory of evolution using the material derived from Muslim sources.