The Arabic philosophical fable Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy. Ibn Tufayl (d. ), the Andalusian philosopher, tells of a child. Isolated from human civilization, the infant Hayy ibn Yaqzan is raised by a gazelle on a deserted island Through observation, experimentation, and speculation. Ibn Tufail’s Hayy ibn Yaqdhan had a significant influence on Arabic literature, Persian literature, and European literature after it was translated in into Latin.

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For Plato, this is to lead the life of the true philosopher; the life of Socrates. And how should it be otherwise, when it is demonstrated that his Power and Might are infinite, and that all Bodies and whatsoever belongs to them are finite?

Ibn Tufail wrote the following in Hayy ibn Yaqzan: At age 21, Hayy moved beyond this hands-on approach to the natural sciences and began to consider in his mind all entities that generate and decay in the world plants, animals, minerals, water, steam, ice, snow, fire, smoke.

In contrast, the rising orthodox view in his day held in contempt speculation and the allegorical interpretation of the Quran. They must be equal then. Also he keeps his body immaculately clean because the stars are luminous and untaintedmoves in Sufi-like circular motions to imitate orbitsand fixes his mind on the Necessarily Existent Being.

With an audacity clothed in humble piety was he not presuming to out-prophet the Prophet of God? Within these organs there is the heart, which contains the vital heat which is distributed throughout the body and keeps it functioning. He was lord yawdhan the Muslim West, and the religious doctrine on which his empire. Con- sequently much ingenuity and ink was expended in the mad attempt to harmonise the teachings of these three. Talhami”Samar Attar.

As he grew up, he discovered that he is related to but different from other animals. Baruch Spinoza also read the work and soon encouraged a Dutch translation, which was published by his friend Johannes Bouwmeester in At last he comes to the state of ecstasy, and overleaping the final metaphysical barrier, his intellect merges with the Active Intellect and he apprehends those things which eye hath not seen nor ear heard.

This, however, is interrupted when Hayy is 50 years of age by the arrival on the island of Absal, who comes from a neighbouring island to seek isolation from others. The Law of the island dwellers contains statements in favor of a life of solitude but other statements in favor of social integration and community involvement.


Likewise among all the rest of the Bodies which he was conversant with, he could find none which were not produced anew and therefore dependent upon some Agent. Octagon, ; Two Andalusian Philosopherstranslated with a introduction and notes by Jim Colville. In Hayy ibn YaqzanIbn Tufail was also “the first author in the history of philosophy to ask himself the question” of the ” conditions of possibility ” of thought. On the day of judgment their treasures shall be intensely heated in the fire of hell, and their foreheads and their sides and their backs shall be stigmatized therewith ;and their tormentors shall say, This is what ye have treasured up for yourselves; taste therefore that which ye have treasured up.

In Ibn TufayPs view, proper religious practice entailed speculation, meditation, and an allegorical approach toward law beyond what is required through the practice of precepts and literalist interpretation. We see the brain formed to manage all the senses and help us to avoid what is harmful and pursue what is good, and we see the liver formed to manage our bodily humors and all our nutritive needs.

The second part of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan makes a thoughtful foray into the social dimension of his now finely-honed protagonist, anticipating what the later writers cited above do in laying out social consequences for their respective protagonists. Plato, The Republic, Trans. This higher harmony is pictured as a human partnership; but Hayy the philosopher, we are delicately reminded, re- mains ever the predominant partner, for, after all, the mystical island was his discovery; and the regenerate theologian who dwells there as a dearly beloved colleague may almost but never quite rise to the spiritual eminence of his friend.

It remains therefore that the Sun has no other way of heat- ing the Earth but by its Light, for Heat always follows Light, so that when its Beams are col- lected, as in Burning-Glasses for instance, it fires all before it.

Tirelessly he battled against the drives of his body — and they fought back. There is more to the story. He was also greatly influenced by Ibn Sina Avicenna, c. Having possessed themselves of half the known world, the Mus- lims began to look with curious eyes on the treasures of Greek philosophy and science, of which the chief custodians within their borders were the Syriac-speakingcommunities, Christian and pagan, of Syria and Mesopotamia. For whenever there happened any Controversy about gathering of Fruits, he always came off by the worst, for they could both keep their own, and take away his, and he could neither beat them off nor run away from them.


Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. And thus the seven-year old Hayy grieved.

By this time our philo- sopher must have been about eighty years of age. Secondly, why is this Book of God so much concerned with legislation on mundane matters; buying, selling, inheritance, marriage, and so forth?

‘Hayy ibn Yaqdhan’ and the European Enlightenment

Caves are prominent in the traditions of India and Tibet. Since the motion of the heavens must be eternal if the universe is eternal since there could be yaqdhhan rest from which it needed to start. The baby is discovered by a doe, which provides milk for the infant and yaqdhzn him. But I make this Bargain, that thou shalt not at present require any further Explica- tion of it by Word of Mouth, but rest thy self contented with what I shall commit to these Leaves.

His innate intelligence, feeble at first, develops by degrees, until it enables him to dominate his brute companions.

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To his astonishment, Absal realizes that Hayy had discovered all the ivn by himself that were taught by his revealed religion. Penguin Classics, Quran, trans. In an interesting passage, Hayy determines that there ahyy three things he has to do to fulfill his desire to be united to God.

He also became the carer for the ageing doe, rather than the cared-for. Encountering no other being on earth that pursues knowledge of the Being, he turns his attention toward the heavenly bodies, which he surmises must have knowledge of the Necessarily Existent since they are not subject to the hindrances of sensory distractions.

Avicenna taught himself and so therefore could Hayy Ibn Yaqzan. Rather, he concluded that for the overwhelming majority of people, this outward conformity to religious ritual and doctrine was as far as they could venture in addressing basic philosophical questions. Hayy has not been long on the island of civilisation till he discovers that free and knowing spirits like himself are quite the exception there. Youths, which shall’continue in their bloom for ever, shall go round about to attend them, with goblets and beakers and a cup of flowing wine: