The Political Writings:

The Political Writings: "Political Regime" and "Summary of Plato's Laws"


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Alfarabi (ca. 870–950) founded the great tradition of Aristotelian/Platonic political philosophy in medieval Islamic and Arabic culture. In this second volume of political writings, Charles E. Butterworth presents translations of Alfarabi's Political Regime and Summary of Plato's Laws, accompanied by introductions that discuss the background for each work and explore its teaching. In addition, the texts are carefully annotated to aid the reader in following Alfarabi's argument. An Arabic-English/English-Arabic glossary allows interested readers to verify the way particular words are translated. Throughout, Butterworth's method is to translate consistently the same Arabic word by the same English word, rendering Alfarabi's style in an unusually faithful and yet approachable manner.

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ISBN-13: 9781501746796
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2020
Series: Agora Editions , #2
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles E. Butterworth is Emeritus professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Table of Contents


Political Regime
The Text

Summary of Plato's Laws
The Text

Appendix A: Alfarabi, Enumeration of the Sciences

Appendix B: Averroes's Defense of the Philosophers as Believing in Happiness and Misery in the Hereafter

Glossary A: Arabic–English
Glossary B: English–Arabic


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