Al-Kindi the father of Islamic Philosophy

Ya’qub `Abu Yusuf’ ibn Ishaq al-Kindi (803-873)

Al-Kindi, a speculator, and chemist and a prized member of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad was born in Kufa, Iraq. Considered to subsist one of the 12 great minds in chronicle, he pioneered the field of pharmacology and applied chemistry, introducing the concept of drug formulary. He also invented decryption and harmonious theory.

Al-Kindi wrote on diverse philosophical subjects, physics, optics, astronomy, harmony, psychology, medicine, chemistry, and more. He invented pharmaceutical methods, perfumes, and distilling of highly rectified spirit. In mathematics, he popularized the appliance of the decimal system, developed globous geometry, wrote on many other topics and was a pioneer of cryptography (collection of laws-breaking).

He was a prolific scribe, the total number of books written ~ dint of. him was 241, the prominent amidst which were divided as follows:

Astronomy 16, Arithmetic 11, Geometry 32, Medicine 22, Physics 12, Philosophy 22, Logic 9, Psychology 5, ar,d Music 7.

He was also an early translator of Greek works into Arabic, mete this fact has largely been overshadowed ~ means of his numerous original writings. It is deplorable that most of his books are no longer extant. His books that were translated into Latin during the Middle Ages comprise Risalah dar Tanjim, Ikhtiyarat al-Ayyam, Ilahyat-e-Aristu, al-Mosiqa, Mad-o-Jazr, and Aduiyah Murakkaba.

Although ~ly of his books have been dissipated over the centuries, a few bring forth survived in the form of latin translations and others have been rediscovered in Arabic manuscripts; ~ numerous importantly, twenty-four of his missing works were located in the middle-twentieth century in a Turkish library.

He was a master of sundry different areas of thought. He was held to exist one of the greatest Islamic Philosophers of his time.

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