Names, Natures and Things: A Prefatory Note on the Central Theme of the Kitāb Al-Ahjār

  • Syed Nomanul Haq
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 158)


Jābir’s Science of Balance was at once a metaphysical doctrine and a methodological thesis. Viewed as metaphysical doctrine, it embodied a universal principle which governed not only the sublunar world of generation and corruption, but also that which lay beyond the Sphere (al-Falak) in the intangible (ghayr malmūsa) realm of the hypostases. Thus we read in the Ahjār that there is a characteristic Balance of the stars, their distances, and their. movements; and there is a Balance by means of which the Sphere manifests itself to man. But over and above these, there are Balances even of the Soul and the Intelligence,1 “beyond Which there is no end” (lā nihāya ba’d dhālik).2


Central Theme Natural Object Arabic Language Arabic Text Arabic Script 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Nomanul Haq
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  1. 1.Center for Middle Eastern StudiesHarvard UniversityUSA

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