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By Srinivas Aravamudan

From: Eighteenth-Century reports
Volume forty seven, quantity 2, wintry weather 2014
pp. 195-23


This article specializes in the reception historical past of translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan and the way normal theodicy, empiricist experimentalism, and philosophical fiction inspired eighteenth-century England. Discussing the prestige of Ibn Tufayl’s principles in terms of Edward Pococke, John Locke, Robert Boyle, and Daniel Defoe permits students to head past the East-West dichotomy and in its place create a gap from eighteenth-century reviews onto contemporary debates round international literature. utilizing Hayy as a prism, we will comprehend the possibilities in addition to the drawbacks of an international literature paradigm, as theorized via Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Auerbach, and newer scholars.


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Whereas Ghazali fastened an attack on Neoplatonism within the identify of Sufism, we discover Ibn Tufayl skillfully reintegrating either Neoplatonist and Sufi developments. What now we have here's a quotation of Orientalist esoteric knowledge—“al-hikmat al-mashriqiyyah” [the mystery of secrets]—whereby hikma or Oriental ˙ ˙ philosophy is contrasted with falsafa, the Greek or Occidental philosophy. Ibn Tufayl took up the assumption of a philosophical parable together with the names within the tale from a prior allegorical test through Ibn Sina, whose effect he recognizes brazenly, yet there's extra to such rhetorical thrives approximately contrasting different types of knowledge than meets the attention. Ibn Tufayl was once additionally accountable for introducing the recognized thinker Ibn Rush’d [Averroes] to Abu Ya’qub Yusuf in 1169. Even whereas being an early rendition of autodidacticism, this article anticipates the obvious Enlightenment trope of the experimental average thinker. 32. See Léon Gauthier, Ibn Thofaïl: sa vie et ses oeuvres (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1909). 33. Pococke ascended to Laudian Professor of Arabic and Regius Professor of Hebrew and was once most likely the single staunch Royalist who didn't lose his college place throughout the Interregnum. Ben-Zaken, interpreting Hayy Ibn-Yaqzan, 106–11; Leonard Twells, The Theological Works of the discovered Dr. Pocock. . . (London, 1740). 34. George Keith, trans. An account of the Oriental Philosophy Shewing the knowledge of a few popular males of the East. . . (London, 1674), n. p. Keith motivated using Hayy by way of fellow Quaker Robert Barclay, An Apology for the real Christian Divinity (1678). 35. George Ashwell, trans. The heritage of Hai Eb’n Yockdan, an Indian Prince, or The self-taught thinker. . . (London, 1686). For a imminent article on Keith’s and Ashwell’s “theological bargaining” with Ibn Tufayl, see Claire Gallien and Louisiane Ferlier, “‘Enthusiastick:’ makes use of of the Oriental story: the English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqdhan within the Eighteenth Century,” three, 10, eleven, 15 (currently below review). whereas their argument that the English diversifications flow successively from theology to romance is persuasive, we must always additionally take into account the volatile approach that the textual content oscillates among allegory, delusion, and tract. Aravamudan / East-West Fiction as international Literature 229 36. Cotton Mather, The Christian thinker. a set of the easiest discoveries in nature, with non secular advancements (London, 1721), 6; Leibniz’s letter to Abbé Nicaise in 1697 are available in Opera Omnia II (1768), 245. 37. Ibn Sina, philosophical predecessor to Ibn Tufayl, wrote his personal philosophical allegories entitled Hayy ibn Yaqzan, Salaman and Absal and The poultry. For a comparative dialogue of Ibn Sina’s fictions and Ibn Tufayl’s see Muhsin Mahdi, “Philosophical Literature,” within the Cambridge heritage of Arabic Literature: faith, studying and technological know-how within the ‘Abbasid interval, eds. M. J. L. younger, J. D. Latham, and R. B. Sergeant (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990), 76–105. 38. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 6, no.

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