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The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy


Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

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About this book


Investigating the impact of Arabic medieval astrological and magical theories on early modern occult philosophy, this book argues that they provided a naturalistic explanation of astral influences and magical efficacy based on Aristotelian notions of causality.


Astral magic astrology early modern occult philosophy Islam Picatrix De radiis al-Kindi Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi John Dee causality Arabic Francis Bacon occult Thomas Aquinas

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  1. 1.St Cross CollegeUniversity of OxfordUK

About the authors

Liana Saif is British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Oriental Institute in the University of Oxford (St. Cross College), UK. She is interested in Western and Islamic occult thought and the exchange of esoteric ideas between the two worlds. As part of her current project entitled 'On the Margins of Orthodoxy: Magic in Medieval Islam,' Saif is preparing an English translation of the Arabic magic compendium Ghayat al-hakim known as the Picatrix.

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