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  • Hardcover: 846 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (31 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934893772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934893770
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 6.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A complete English translation is highly welcome and gives a major boost to the study of Avicenna and medieval Arabic philosophy. . . . The translation is excellent."--Ayman Shihadeh "Muslim World Book Review "

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Michael E. Marmura is Professor Emeritus associated with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilization of the University of Toronto.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By observer on 18 Nov. 2010
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The Book of Healing (or the Book of the Remedy) is the longest encyclopaedia ever written by one man. It covers all aspects of science known at the time of the author, a thousand years ago. The title may be somewhat misleading, in that it is not a medical work at all; it is intended to cure the 'illness of ignorance'. Complete translations of the work are available in French, German and Italian. The present book is one part of that work dealing with metaphysics, and is all that is currently available in English.
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In the 11th Century Physicians were jurists and philosophers. Today they are businessmen. The ethical principles outlined in this work make it required reading for all medical students, those involved in the budgets of medical care, and those involved in the marketing of Pharmaceutical products. When profits matter more than patients we have lost our way morally.
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An excellent translation of a fundamentally important work 10 Jan. 2007
By E. R. Moad - Published on Amazon.com
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Ibn Sina's philosophical insights are pivotal in the history of western philosophy and theology of both the Muslim and Christian traditions. Even as later giants in these streams of thought, such as al-Ghazali and Aquinas, took serious issue with some of Ibn Sina's views regarding the eternity of the world, and so on; it is undeniable that certain elements of his thought - e.g. on existence, essence, and modality - proved indispensible to the advanced and subtle formulations in philosophical theology advanced by his later critics. In another way of looking at it, he might have simply advanced one of the clearest philosophic-analytic articulations of those central features of the ontological relation between God and creation described poetically in the text of the monotheistic scriptures.

This fine translation of al-Shifa, by one of the world's foremost translater of classical Islamic texts - the philosophically capable Michael Marmura, who also, notably, translated al-Ghazali's Tahafut al-Falsifa - is a long awaited treasure that will hopefully widen access to the ideas of this seminal thinker in intellectual history.
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Vital reading 22 July 2013
By York Brun Luethje - Published on Amazon.com
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As all the other volumes published under the Islamic Translation Series by Brigham Young University, 'The Metaphysics of the Healing' is a superb achievement both in content and in appearance.

We are given here a parallel text with the English translation on the left and the original Arabic on the opposing right side. This has the reading order of the Arabic reversed from the original but as the prospective audience are westerners it makes sense to me.

The work itself is divided into ten books in which Avicenna attempts a great synthesis of Aristotelian methods and (neo) Platonic and monotheistic premises. I would recommend more than a passing acquaintance with Avicenna's intellectual predecessors and even then it is hard going at times but for anyone trying to understand the development of high-medieval western or Jewish philosophy it is vital.
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Superb but short in notes. 11 Aug. 2013
By Ashraf Mansour - Published on Amazon.com
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The translation is superb, the first one of Avicenna's Metaphysics. It will be indispensable for scholars, but it needed a detailed commentary and more works in the notes.
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