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Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān


Date of creation
  • Before 1185   Gregorian
Preferred title

Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān   Arabic  IDEO-IFAO transliteration scheme

حي بن يقظان   Arabic  

Variant title expression
  • Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzān   English  
Work type Single work
Non-literary work Discursive work
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work

Adult, serious


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.


Diamond   W 7490

Created at 07-11-2013 by migration (IDEO)

Updated at 06-01-2020 by René-Vincent du Grandlaunay (IDEO)

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