Ibn Sina - Avicenna - Samanids - Quran
There is little information acknowledged about his early life. The sole source of information was an autobiography that was written by his student. The lack of any other source implies that the information in this autobiography has to be taken at face value. Ibn Sina had an extra ordinary level of intelligence and memory. He claimed to have learned all he could from his teachers by the age of 14 years. He also claimed to have memorized the entire Quran by the time he was ten years old. He was obsessed with the work of Aristotle from an early age but he could not understand it. In fact, there are propositions that he read it more than forty times before he finally understood it with the aid of commentary from another scholar. By the time he was sixteen years, he turned his attention to medicine. By his own accounts, he was able to graduate as a fully-fledged physician by the time he was 18. He also claimed to have discovered new methods of treatment (Paavilainen, 2009).
His first appointment in his adult life was as a physician of the local Emir, a term used to describe a high title from prince to general in the Islamic world. In 997, Ibn Sina aided the Emir to recover from a dangerous illness and was therefore rewarded with unlimited access to the loyal library if the Samanids (Paavilainen, 2009). However, the library was destroyed by fire and some of his enemies accused him of destroying it in order to hide the source of his vast knowledge forever. During this time, Ibn Sina also helped his farther with his financial problems and still found time to write some of his earliest work. However, there are contradicting sources that suggest that the farther of Ibn Sina was the governor of the local area (Paavilainen, 2009).
[...] He also suggested that there is a relationship between exercise and health. He proposed that after the exercises, a cold bath would help relieve the fatigue. He also mentioned the value of massage (muslimphilosophy.com). In conclusion, Ibn Sina is among the most influential medieval writers. His work was influential for many years before the onset of the enlightenment period. He is the best-known Islamic philosopher to have lived. References Khan, A. (2006). Avicenna (Ibn Sina): Muslim physician Avicenna and philosopher of the eleventh century. New York: Rosen Pub. Group. [...]
[...] However, the library was destroyed by fire and some of his enemies accused him of destroying it in order to hide the source of his vast knowledge forever. During this time, Ibn Sina also helped his farther with his financial problems and still found time to write some of his earliest work. However, there are contradicting sources that suggest that the farther of Ibn Sina was the governor of the local area (Paavilainen, 2009). When he was 22, his father died. [...]
[...] Paavilainen, H. M. (2009). Medieval pharmacotherapy, continuity and transform case studies from Ibn and some of his late Medieval commentators. Leiden: Brill. muslimphilosophy.com. (n.d.). Ibn Sina . [...]
[...] Ibn Sina was the most prominent writer in the Islamic world. After his death, he emerged as the most influential philosopher in the Islamic world. There are often many instances of dissonance between theology and philosophy. However, Ibn Sina was a firm Islam believer and attempted to create resonance between Islamic theology and religion (Paavilainen, 2009). Contributions to the concept of the soul Ibn Sina was one of the first persons to propose that the soul existed as a separate entity. [...]
[...] He is better known in Europe by the name of Avicenna. He was born in Khamaithen, central Asia and present day Uzbekistan in the year 980 and lived to the year 1037. He died in Hamadan, Persia in what is present day Iran. He was a Polymath, a group of ancient philosophers that believed man could acquire knowledge in all fields. The most prominent polymath is Leonardo da Vinci (Paavilainen, 2009). This paper will follow the live of Ibn Sina and detail his major contributions. [...]
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