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In his youth in Baghdad he attended the lectures of Sajistam and as a physical restlessness that kept befriended Tawhidi, who is the only person to tell us much about him. 2 Mean, worldly, and not particularly intelligent, he spent most of his life at the court of the Buyids in western Persia; and so Tawhidi His insists, was incapable of understanding philosophy. works are voluminous, but he is known chiefly for based on Aristotle and certain Persian traditions. In his historical his ethics Wisdom (Jdvlddn KhiracT) he gives an expose of the conof wisdom severally according to the Persians, the Arabs, cept the Greeks and the Indians.
Razi, known to the Europeans as Rhazes* and considered 'the for the greatest clinical genius amongst the physicians of the Islamic world/ was also an independent thinker bent on speculation, and fearless in the expression of his views. Born in Raiy (Rhages), a poet, singer and musician in his early youth, he left Persia to study medicine in Baghdad, and stayed long enough to become the head of a hospital there. He then returned to his native country where he won both fame and notoriety before he died blind from cataract.
Arberry. 4 Fihrist Cf. QazvTni: Abu Sulaimdn Manfiqi SidjistanL y p. 241. 3 . , edit. Kraus. 35 AVICENNA philosophical questions to him 'by the hundred/ Practically all of his works have perished. We know that he was the author of a compilation of biographical notes 1 on Greek philosophers; and extracts some from have survived in a this work later that provides useful information. 2 we exclude Razi as primarily a physician, Sajistani may be considered the most distinguished thinker between Farabi and If Avicenna.
An Atheist Manifesto by Sam Harris