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Friday, September 2, 2016

The Jurisprudent Philosopher

Ibn Rushd was one of the greatest scientists in history. He was born in Cordova in 1128 C.E. His full name is Abu Walid Mohammad Ibn Rushd. He started his education with studying Hadith, linguistics, jurisprudence and scholastic theology.

The famous scientist made a lot of contributions in philosophy. He wrote extensively on Philosophy and Religion, Attributes of God, Origin of the Universe and Metaphysics and Psychology. As his keen interest in philosophy and jurisprudence he was nicknamed as “The jurisprudent philosopher”. He wrote Tuhafut al-Tuhafut in philosophy.

Apart from this he conducted astronomical observations in Morocco. At the age of 25. He observed a star which was never seen before. He believed that the moon is opaque and obscure and he also gave descriptions on sunspots.

Not only did the scientist contribute in philosophy and jurisprudence but he also made contributions in medicine as well. He wrote Kitab al-Kulyat fi al-Tibb in which he explains some aspects of medicine, which included diagnoses, cure and prevention of diseases. He also included some of his original observations. He has contributed a total of 67 works which are in different fields such as philosophy, medicine, theology and grammar.

Ibn Rushd died in 1198 in Marakesh. He was buried in Cordova as a tribute to his contributions.


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