Work
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Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān

Author

Date of creation
  • Before 1185   Gregorian
      
Preferred title

Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān   Arabic  IDEO-IFAO transliteration scheme

حي بن يقظان   Arabic  

Work type Single work
Non-literary work Discursive work
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work
Audience

Adult, serious

Summary

The Arabic philosophical fable Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy. Ibn Tufayl (d. 1185), the Andalusian philosopher, tells of a child raised by a doe on an equatorial island who grows up to discover the truth about the world and his own place in it, unaided—but also unimpeded—by society, language, or tradition. Hayy’s discoveries about God, nature, and man challenge the values of the culture in which the tale was written as well as those of every contemporary society.

Webography
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