Risālah fī al-radd ʿalá al-munajjimīn

Title (arabic)

رسالة في الردّ على المنجّمين

Title (translit)

Risālah fī al-radd ʿalá al-munajjimīn


Maqālah fī ibṭal ʿilm aḥkām al-nujūm
Risālah fī ibṭal aḥkām al-nujūm
Risālah fī ibṭal ʿilm aḥkām al-nujūm
Risālaẗ fī al-radd ʿalỳ al-munajjimīn






In some manuscripts this work has been attributed to Fārābī.

In addition to this treatise, Ibn Sīnā’s attitude toward astrology is conveyed in the way he categorizes astronomy and astrology in his Aqsām al-ʿulūm al-ʿaqliyya. There astronomy is made an exact mathematical science whereas astrology is part of natural philosophy. Previously in both the Islamic and earlier Greek traditions, the two were usually put into the same category. This demarcation seems to be new with Ibn Sīnā, but it becomes fairly standard after him. Cf. Ragep, Ṭūsī's Memoir (Tadhkira) [1993], 1: 34-5.



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French summary.

Rozenfeld, Boris, and Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. 2003. Mathematicians, Astronomers And Other Scholars Of Islamic Civilisation And Their Works (7Th-19Th C.). Istanbul: Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture.

Pp. 125 (no. 317), A4.

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French translation of the introduction, with reproduction of ff. 91v-92r of Leiden, Warn. Or. MS 1020, pp. 24-26.

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Printed text, vol. 2, pp. 49-67.

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German translation.